As soon as Jodie Meeks announced he was going to keep his name in the NBA draft and not return to Kentucky for his senior season, speculation started that sophomore Darius Miller's playing time would increase.
Without Meeks, Miller is UK's top returning 3-point threat and only junior college transfer Darnell Dodson is considered a solid outside shooter among the six signees new coach John Calipari has added to the roster.
However, Miller still wishes Meeks, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer and top 3-point shooter last year, was back.
"I definitely wish he was back because that would help make us a better team," said Miller, who is in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he made the USA Under-19 National Team final roster Thursday. "I looked up to him and got really close to him last year. He helped me with a lot of things on and off the court.
"It might open more minutes for me. I don't know because we really have not been through this offense yet. But I don't think there's any way not having Jodie Meeks back can make us a better team. We'll miss him a lot."