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Patrick Mills
SELECTED BY: Trail Blazers Round 2 (25)
SI Rank
5
Position: Class:
Sophomore
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'0", 180

BIOGRAPHY: The latest Australian to burst onto the basketball scene in the United States, Mills won't equal countryman Andrew Bogut's feat of being selected No. 1 overall in the draft, but the lightning-quick Aboriginal still has a bright future in the NBA. After scoring 14.2 points per game in last summer's Olympics to help his home country reach the quarterfinals, Mills averaged 18.4 points, 3.9 assists and 2.2 steals during his sophomore season at Saint Mary's. Perhaps his impact on the Gaels was best demonstrated by the fact that the team was 22-4 with Mills in the lineup and 6-3 while he was sidelined with a broken right wrist, not including a second-half meltdown against Gonzaga in the game during which he was injured. Saint Mary's narrowly missed an NCAA tournament bid, hurting Mills' exposure, but the point guard led his team to the NIT quarterfinals and subsequently declared himself eligible for the draft. Mills hasn't hired an agent, so he could still return to college, but his stock seems to be rising and he could move into the first round thanks largely to his explosive quickness and scoring ability. There's no question Mills is small, and his shooting numbers leave plenty of room for improvement as he made 40.2 percent of his field goal attempts with Saint Mary's this season. He could benefit from taking the ball to the basket and getting to the free-throw line more often; he made 85.9 percent from the stripe but only had 99 attempts in 26 games. But he has compared his game to Tony Parker's, and while that would be a best-case scenario, Mills certainly has the athleticism to follow Parker and Chris Paul as the next small-but-quick point guard to stand out.

2008 Statistics
PPG FG% RPG APG FT%
18.4 40.2 2.4 3.9 85.9
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