UK Basketball: Former Wildcats return to work at camp
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, top, the No. 2 pick in the June NBA draft, kept the ball away from youngsters at The John Calipari Pros Camp Thursday during a pickup game. (Victoria Graff / August 3, 2012)
"We came back for them, to show them support like they showed us since we've been here," said Miller, a key member of last season’s national championship team at Kentucky. "For me, it's kind of weird coming back, instead of actually being here. I've been here for four years, so it's different. But it's fun at the same time."
Miller was back along with NCAA championship teammates Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron Lamb for The John Calipari Pro Camps at Memorial Coliseum that started Thursday and continue through Saturday.
All three were picked in the June NBA draft — Kidd-Gilchrist was the second pick and Lamb and Miller went in round two — and all insisted nothing had changed about the their feelings toward Kentucky or with them.
“I still feel the same. I’m still the same little kid I was here,” Kidd-Gilchrist said. “There’s a lot of memories in this building, a lot of battles between us here. I just miss this place in general.’
"We had a lot of fun here last year, practicing, going hard and competing with each other," Lamb said. "We mainly came back for the kids, though, to show them support, to be there for the kids, be active on the court with them. Just to make sure they feel happy."
Former Cats Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Eloy Vargas worked the camp today and will again Saturday. Anthony Davis, the first pick in the draft, had planned to be at the camp before he was named to the U.S. team playing in the Olympics in London.