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Hornets Select Darius Miller With Second Round Pick

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 While all the buzz of the New Orleans Hornets draft surround top overall pick Anthony Davis and number 10 pick Austin Rivers, the Hornets had a third pick in Thursday night’s NBA Draft. Davis’ Kentucky teammate Darius Miller, the SEC’s Sixth Man of the Year, will join Davis in the Crescent City after being selected by the Hornets 46th overall in the 2nd round.

Miller (6’8, 225 lbs) will compete for a roster spot, but his chances look good after the trading of Trevor Ariza last week. Before free agency, the Hornets have only one small forward on the roster in Al-Farouq Aminu. Miller is a true SF, and has a winning background.

“He has championship pedigree coming from Kentucky,” said coach Monty Williams. “Anthony (Davis) was high on him, and that was good enough for me.”

Davis will certainly enjoy having two other rookies he already has friendships with join him in the Crescent City. Both Rivers and Davis were friends before the draft, and Miller spent last season with the Wildcats as Davis’ teammate.

Miller spent 4 years at Kentucky. The Maysville, Kentucky native is a good shooter, ranking 10th on UK’s all-time three-point field goals list with 175. While he came off the bench for last year’s title team, he started his junior season, averaging 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 44.3% from beyond the arc.

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