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Patrick Mills

  • Full Name: Patrick Sammie Mills
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-0 / 185
  • Birthdate: August 11, 1988
  • College: Saint Mary's College of California
Saint Mary's College of California
2007-08 32 32 161 375 0.429 89 117 0.761 61 189 0.323 32 32 161 375 0.429 89
2008-09 26 24 163 405 0.402 85 99 0.859 67 198 0.338 26 24 163 405 0.402 85
Totals 58 56 324 780 0.415 174 216 0.806 128 387 0.331 58 56 324 780 0.415 174

Career Highlights:

First Team-All-West Coast Conference selection as a freshman and sophomore. Named WCC Newcomer of the Year as a freshman. At the Beijing Games in 2008, became the youngest player to ever represent Australia in Olympic basketball competition.

Sophomore (2008-09):

Averaged 18.4 points, 3.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 32.1 minutes as a St. Mary's sophomore. Named First Team-All-West Coast Conference. Selected to the Naismith Trophy Award Mid-Season Top-30 list. A finalist for the Bob Cousy Award, which honors the nation's top point guard. Missed the last nine games of the regular season after breaking his right hand Jan. 29 against Gonzaga. Returned to action for the WCC Tournament. Scored in double figures in 25 of 26 appearances. Totaled a season-high 31 points against Santa Clara, hitting a game-winning three-pointer with 2.4 seconds left. Dished for a career-high 10 assists against Davidson in the second round of the NIT, also adding 23 points for his first career double-double. Had a career-high six threes in the first half versus Gonzaga before his injury. Twice named as WCC Player of the Week this season (Nov. 24 and Dec. 8).

2008 Olympics:

Averaged a team-best 14.2 points per game for Australia while coming off the bench in each game in Beijing. Also added 2.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals in 23 minutes per game. Became the youngest player in the history of Australia to compete in the Olympic Games in basketball and was the only collegiate basketball player present at the tournament. Scored 20 points in the quarterfinals against the United States while recording three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 28 minutes. Scored an individual tournament-high 22 points against an Argentina squad that included five NBA players. Shot 46.9 percent (31-of-66) from the floor and 36.4 percent (8-of-22) from three-point range.

Freshman (2007-08):

Started all 32 games for the Gaels, posting a team-high 14.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.1 minutes per game. Set a Saint Mary's freshman record for points in a season with 472. Named First Team All-West Coast Conference and the WCC Newcomer of the Year. A three-time WCC Player of the Week Selection (Nov. 16, Dec. 24 and Feb. 19). Set the school freshman mark for points in a game with a 37-point performance in an upset win against then No. 11 ranked Oregon. Finished with 24 points at Miami and vs. San Francisco. Had a season-high eight assists against East Tennessee State.

Other International Competition:

Prior to the Olympics, averaged 5.3 points over three games at the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament for Senior Men. At the 2007 FIBA U-19 World Championships in Serbia, averaged 14.9 points, 4.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds as Australia's U-19 national team posted an 8-1 record and a fifth place finish. Posted 10.3 pointed and 1.3 assists at the 2007 FIBA Ocean Championship to help Australia quality for the Olympics. A member of the international 2006 World Junior Select Team that competed against the United States in the 2006 Nike Hoop Summit Game. Scored eight points and dished out six assists. Named the Southeast Australian Basketball League U-21 Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007. Won Basketball Australia's award for 2006 Junior Male Player of the Year.

Strengths: Speed and size have drawn comparisons to Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Dangerous penetrator with terrific first step. Finishes at tough angles and scores in creative ways. Quick release off the catch and shoot or off the dribble. Natural leader. Plays the passing lanes and disrupts his opponent's dribble on defense.

Personal: Uncle, Danny Morseay, is an NBL Hall of Fame member and played for the Australian National Team in the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. Named the "most promising new sports talent" at the 2006 Deadlys Awards, which honor Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders achievements in sports, music, entertainment and community.

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