He dreams of playing for the NBL and has set a definite goal of playing at the 2008 Olympic Games.
“It is an extreme goal, but it will push me to reach excellence and work harder each day.”
Mills travels to the States next year to play for Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference. He will be opposed by the best players in America’s division one schools.
In September he was named the most promising new indigenous talent in sport and was honoured with the prestigious Deadly award.
“It’s a big award for indigenous people in Australia, recognising talent in sport, music and art. I remember always watching it on TV when I was little”.
His father is a Torres Strait Islander and his mother an aboriginal from the Ynunga people in South Australia.
Mills sees his strengths as “the speed and energy he brings to the game. My ball skills are also pretty good.”
“Having not played at an Olympics or World Championships, I need to improve my shooting and defence at that level.”
Mills has set himself the goal of making the Boomers squad for the training camps in April 2007.
He wants to perform well and then be selected for the team to play against New Zealand in the Oceania Championships next August which is a do or die playoff for a spot at the Olympic Games.
By Frances Malone for Beijing Bound
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