Aug. 21, 2008
Beijing, China - In his final game of the 2008 Olympic Games, Patrick Mills did all he could against the United States, scoring a team-high 20 points in a 116-85 loss in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Mills finished the tournament averaging 14.2 points per game against some of the best players in the world, while helping Australia post a 3-3 record.
In the final game of his first Olympic appearance for Australia, Mills came off the bench to play over 28 minutes against the United States. In that time, he hit on 7-of-16 shots from the floor while connecting on 2-of-4 shots from behind the 3-point line. Additionally, he added three steals, two assists and did not make a turnover against the best players the NBA has to offer.
In six games in Beijing, he averaged 14.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, while averaging 23 minutes per game, all coming off the bench. He was the leading scorer for the Boomers during the tournament, tied for the team lead with 10 steals, and was second on the squad with 12 assists. He shot 47 percent (31-66) from the floor, 36 percent (8-22) from 3-point land, and 83 percent (15-18) from the free throw line.
His highest single game performance game against Argentina, when he scored 22 points against NBA players Manu Ginobili (Spurs), Luis Scola (Rockets), Carlos Delfino (Raptors), Fabricio Oberto (Spurs), and Marcelo Nocioni (Bulls).
Fans interested in securing seats to any of this season's men's basketball games are urged to call the ticket office immediately at 925.631.GoTx. Fewer then 100 season tickets remain available in McKeon Pavilion.
What others are saying about Patrick Mills
"He's good. Man, he's fast. I read something that says he's faster than me. They're probably right. He can move."
-- Chris Paul, USA point guard
"I thought we had one avenue to be successful in this game. That's saying a lot, and that's Patrick Mills. He put on a hell of a show for a young kid playing in his first Olympics with no background in this."
-- Brian Goorijian, Boomers Head Coach
"It's nothing new to anyone on our team, Patty Mills, he's the future of Australian basketball."
-- C.J. Bruton - Starting point guard for Australia
"I'm just glad my Duke team doesn't have to play Saint Mary's. He'll be an NBA guard."
-- Mike Krzyewski, USA Head Coach
"If I was Saint Mary's, I'd be happy to have him right now, because he's a big-time player. He'll be heavily scouted."
-- Tony Ronzone, U.S. Scout and Detroit Pistons player personnel director.