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Wednesday February 1, 2012Here comes Mike Miller on "Here Comes the Gators" series

Updated: 2:26pm, February 1

Mike MillerGAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The second installment of the James Bates-produced series “Here Come the Gators,” which takes offbeat looks at the lives of former University of Florida basketball players, will debut Friday night at 10 p.m. on Sun Sports.

Next up: Mike Miller.

Like the previous episode featuring former UF star Udonis Haslem, Miller’s current teammate with the Miami Heat, Bates packed up and visited the old stomping grounds where Miller grew up -- and it’s a little different than where Haslem was raised in the inner city streets of South Florida.

This time, Bates went to Mitchell, S.D., where Miller became a McDonald’s All-American and starred at the famed Corn Palace, an arena decorated with murals made of corn. Included is footage of Miller as a prep standout, as well as interviews with his high school coach and, of course, plenty of Gators highlights and sound bytes from Miller and UF coach Billy Donovan.

The Miller episode will also air the following dates and times: Feb. 5 at 9 a.m. (statewide); Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. (statewide) and 9:30 p.m. (Heat viewing area); Feb. 7 at 11 p.m. (statewide); Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. (Heat viewing area); Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. (Panthers viewing area); Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. (statewide).

Viewers that missed the show featuring Haslem have four more chances to see it again: Feb. 1 at 11 p.m. (statewide); Feb. 7 at 11:30 p.m.; Feb. 8 at 11 p.m. (Heat viewing area); Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. (statewide).

Still to come in the "Here Come the Gators" series are profiles of Matt Bonner, Al Horford and Joakim Noah.

Bates, a former linebacker with the Gators (1993-96), was one of the most popular players of the Steve Spurrier era and started in the middle of the Florida defense during the 1996 national championship season. He's now a TV play-by-play man, but along with his partner Tom Nunn is carving quite the niche as a documentary maker with his own B8sy Productions.

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