Kentucky Newcomers Harrellson, Miller Shine in Exhibition for Wildcats

Kevin WelchContributor INovember 3, 2008

An exhibition against Missouri-St. Louis was by far the most one-sided score in recent memory, even if it didn't mean a whole lot in the record book. The Kentucky Wildcats blew out the visiting Division II squad 111-53.

But who cares? All that matters is how the future looks, and let me tell you, the future looks pretty bright. Freshman Darius Miller and transfer Josh Harrellson put on a show for the fans at Rupp. Harrellson nabbed player of the game honors while Miller broadcasted the talent that will quickly make him a fan favorite along with Patrick Patterson.

Miller had an amazing shooting night, scoring 14 points and going 6-7 from the field, while dazzling us with some quick passes from out top to Patterson underneath.

"The speed of the game. That's definitely the toughest change for me and all the intensity. It's a higher speed and you have to play 110 percent every time," Miller said about the transition from high school to the college game.

I think he has transitioned fine already.

Josh Harrellson earned the player of the game award, going 9-14 with 21 points in only 16 minutes of play. I believe Harrellson will get the nod over Perry Stevenson since he brings more of a scoring threat.

I can't just talk about the newcomers. I'll give some love to Jodie Meeks: 26 points on 9-19 from the field overall and 7-12 from three-point land!  Are you crazy! Someone needs to remind me why Meeks didn't make preseason First Team All-SEC.

Patrick Patterson showed why he is a future lottery pick with a 9-13 shooting night, finishing up with 24 points while playing only 31 minutes. He showed a great presence around the basketball and took a few 15-foot jumpers as well. Kentucky fans can only hope Patterson is willing to stick around for his junior year.

This wraps up exhibition number one. The next exhibition match will be Nov. 7 against Ouachita Baptist at 7:00 p.m.