June 23, 2006

Miles Paved Way

Not knowing who was going to walk into the Horjesi Family Athletic Center Wednesday, fans and campers sat with eyes intently focused on doors leading into a hallway where players usually arrive.

As he walked into the gym, Aaron Miles heard a familiar roar from the more than 2,000 Jayhawk faithful in attendance. The former KU standout was ready to once again play Kansas Basketball. As excited as KU fans were to see him, Miles was just as excited to be back.

"It's great to be back, to be with the fellas again, it's great," said Miles.

Before taking the court against a new batch of Jayhawks, most of which were not on campus before Miles graduated in 2005, the Big 12's all-time assist leader gave his opinion of Bill Self's team.

"I like all of them…they are all talented, very talented," he said. "How they played last season, to finish well like that, we'll see how they carry that over to next season and hopefully to a championship."

Miles knows what it takes to be successful at the Division 1 level. Having been at KU for four seasons, and making back-to-back Final Four appearances, the former point guard has experienced more than most at the collegiate level, giving the current Jayhawks a chance to learn from the former player.

"I don't tell them too much," said Miles. "Through general conversation, they ask questions and so forth, I just tell them how it is... you need to handle your business inside the classroom, and handle your business on the court when you're out there. That's it."

"As long as you work hard, push each other and work as a team, you will achieve your goals…everything they put into it is going to dictate the results."

After his Kansas career came to a close Miles had the opportunity to take his game to the next level, making the NBA's Golden State Warrior's regular season roster. Although his stay in the NBA didn't last for long in 2005-2006, the talented guard will continue to work to achieve his dream. .

"It was a great experience for me," he said. "I was able to fulfill a goal, a dream of mine, to play in the NBA. I didn't get to stay there, but I am going to try and get back with Golden State…just need to keep working hard to play at the next level."

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