View Full Version : 2008 Olympic Breakouts: Patrick Mills Profile

09-17-2008, 06:29 PM
Source: InterBasket.net (http://www.interbasket.net/news/473/2008/09/15/patrick-mills-profile-2008-olympic-breakouts/)

About a week after the Olympics have officially ended, Interbasket will be profiling several of these players, over the next month. Players that made names for themselves during the 2008 Olympics or furthered their reputation with their play.

Patrick Mills was definitely one of these players. “Patty” as he so known in his home country, is one of the very few indigineous Australian basketball players to make a significant impact.

As a 19-year old, Mills actually led a huge, veteran Aussie squad in scoring during the Beijing Olympics.

With 7-0 NBA player Andrew Bogut, 6-11 Euroleague star David Andersen, and other more high-profile names on the roster 7-0 Chris Anstey, Brad Newley, Glen Saville, and 6-11 Matt Nielsen, it was the 5-11, 175lb Mills that led the team with a 14.2 average and he scored with efficiency, shooting 52% from the field and 83% from the line. Patty Mills was also second to veteran CJ Bruton in assists, and tied Bruton with 1.6 steals a game.

His play during the entire tournament was eye-opening for sure, but really put him on the radar was his play during one of the pre-Olympic games against the United States. Mills wove and drove through the US defense with ease, hitting foronly 13 points, but it was his understanding and speed that made his performance noteworthy.

Mill’s appearance in the Olympics was also significant, he was only NCAA player in the Beijing Olympics, and is just the third Aborigine to play for the Boomers, ever. And that includes the 21-year old, 6-9 Aborigine Nathan Jawai, whom was just drafted in the 2008 NBA draft.“From day one, growing up as a kid, playing for your country was the biggest thing for an Australian youngster” said Mills when asked about being on the Boomers.