TR
Years ago

Patrick Mills article

A pretty good story - Mills's career blossoming as rapidly as his stature - about local lad, Patty Mills from Australia's worst paper, the Canberra Times.

A door closed gently behind Patrick Mills last night, and spread in front of him today is a world of new opportunities.

Mills, a 19-year-old Canberran, graduated from the Australian Institute of Sport basketball program last night, ending the first phase of what could be a rise to stardom.

Next week he will take on the biggest task of his career as part of the Australian Boomers team during its series against New Zealand. He'll also have to uproot himself from home to set up life as a player at St Mary's College in California.

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Sturty6ers  
Years ago

Good Luck to him....

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Max  
Years ago

so..is he attending st marys college.??? r they a division 1 ncaa school/..surely you would hve thought he could play for a much better,bigger well know basketball program e.g UCLA,Texas,Ohio State,UNC or Duke??

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Flip  
Years ago

St Marys is a pretty decent basketball program, 2 years ago they went undefeated with Delante West and Jameer Nelson or however you spell his name. Well I think it is the same St marys

(Mod: Fixed spelling of Gemir as you so nicely put it)

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TR  
Years ago

St Marys seems to have a nice affiliation with Aussies. Kickert playing there, and also Hughes and Walker currently attending.

Mills is getting quite a bit of coverage on their site.

http://smcgaels.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stma-m-baskbl-body.html

They are an up and coming program. The toughest opponent in the WCC is Gonzaga.

A good read about St Mary's is:

http://www.cstv.com/auto_pdf/p_hotos/s_chools/stma/sports/m-baskbl/auto_pdf/Prospectus

Snippet for the prospectus:
Mills comes to SMC from the Australian Institute of Sport (same as Daniel Kickert) and is rated as one of the top junior players in Australia.

Mills is coming off a summer where he helped Australia's U-19 team post a fifth place finish in the FIBA World Championships in
Serbia and then made the transition to the Boomer squad, Australia's premier national team.

Mills is a true point guard that posses outstanding quickness with excellent ball handling skills.

In the FIBA World Championships,
Mills helped Australia to an 8-1 overall record while averaging 14.9 points, 4.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds,
and 2.7 steals per game. He finished
the tournament ranked 12th in scoring, fourth in steals and second in assists.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

StMarys looks like a good choice, will get to play!!

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Johnny Sack  
Years ago

Flip... Nelson and West attended St. JOSEPHS... But regardless playing at a smaller college proram in the west isn't the end of the world - Santa Clara (Nash's alma mater) is in the same conference (i think) - if he can play - he will get noticed...


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Anonymous  
Years ago

He chose to go to St Mary's because they have a great program and are an up and coming college. He also chose to go because of the education and what the school stands for. He made the right decision not to go to a college with a higher profile because he wouldnt get anywhere near as much coverage as he will and is at St Mary's.

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pc  
Years ago

Johnny is right that Nelson and West played for St. Joe's--a Philadelphia school, total East Coast situation--and that Nash played at Santa Clara in the WCC (West Coast Conference) where right now Gonzaga is the class act, but St. Mary's is right behind. I may go see Mills play Tuesday night, here in Carbondale, IL, where our Salukis are in a real funk right now, and St. Mary's and Mills might just grab a nice road win. I'd be interested to see him match up with our point guard, Bryan Mullins, a very savy ball player. Div. 1 players all get looked at, so if your worried whether or not the NBA knows about him, don't.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

Its funny how patty mills and jameer nelson look alike :P

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