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09:53AM, Wed 5 November 2008

Back in the USA

Back in the USA
Well I’m back at St Mary's College in Moraga, California.  Studies are going really well and for the first few weeks I had a break from training.  This is my second year at St Mary’s and I am looking forward to a big season.

I really enjoyed being part of the Boomers team for 2008, especially playing at the Beijing Olympics and will never forget the experience.  It was a massive challenge for me and I certainly learnt a lot.  I hope to pass on what I have learned to my College teammates.

It’s not every summer you get to represent your country at the Olympic Games and play up against NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobili, Lebron James and Chris Paul.  I learned a lot by playing against these players too.

At the moment I am concentrating on my studies and preparing for the new NCAA season that tips off on 11 November.  Our first game is on 14 November.  I have been training hard and still have a lot of areas in my game that need to be worked on and I will be focusing on these during this season.

Hopefully, this season will be a great one for us.  Although we lost a couple of important players from last season, Coach Bennett has a squad of 15 players to choose from.  Clint Steindl, my old mate from the AIS is now on the St Mary’s team.  I never get lonely with four other Aussies on the team - Carlin Hughes, Ben Allen, Lucas Walker and Clint, and Louella Tomlinson in the St Mary’s women team.

Coach Bennett is looking to improve on last season’s achievements when we had 25 wins and reached the NCAA Tournament.  So we are looking to go one better.  Hopefully we can challenge Gonzaga and win the West Coast Conference and get back to the NCAA Tournament. 

Earlier this month I was fortunate to be named Male Sportsperson of the Year at the Deadly Awards.  The Deadly Awards recognise the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the areas of music, entertainment, community work and sports.

It was great to be recognised for my achievements over the past 12 months and to be awarded a Deadly was something that means a lot to me because it comes from the Indigenous community.  This was my second Deadly as in 2006 I won the Most Promising New Talent in Sport award.

I couldn’t be at the Sydney Opera House to pick up the award but I was able to send a video message to let everyone know how much it means to me.

I understand that some of our St Mary’s games will be on ESPN in Australia, so I hope you will be able to see some of the action in College basketball.

Until next time...

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12:22PM, Wed 5 November 2008
Deadly Mate! All the best for the season, I look forward to watching them on ESPN.

Maybe you could post your video message here for the Deadly Awards?
Reply to David
01:02PM, Wed 5 November 2008
There are at least two games scheduled on ESPN in November... against Fresno State and UTEP... check www.AussieHoopsAmerica.com/2008tv.html for the dates/times.

ps - There's also a feature on Patty on "Aussie Hoops America: Season Preview" airing on ESPN in Australia on Wed. Nov 5th at 3:30pm and Sat. Nov 8th at 11:30am.
Reply to AussieHoopsAmerica.com
03:35PM, Wed 5 November 2008
Go get 'em mate! We are right behind you and the other Aussies working their butts off in the 'states!
Reply to Damo
02:17PM, Thu 6 November 2008
SKY'S DA LIMIT BALA PAT!!! Hope you have an excellent new season!!!
Reply to Kevin Levi
09:46PM, Thu 6 November 2008
yeh man do australia proud
Reply to Chris Reynolds
05:56PM, Fri 7 November 2008
Hi Patty
My daughter who is ten years of age has been inspired too play over in America through a scholarship. She looks up too players like yourself. What advice would you give too a young talented player like yourself, and good luck for the new season.
Thanks you are an inspiration for youngest too go for their dreams.

Joanne Wilson
New Zealand
Reply to joanne wilson
12:22PM, Tue 11 November 2008
Hi Joanne,

Thanks for the support. Best advice i could give your daughter is the same adivce one i heard from one of my role models, Michael Jordan, "during your younger years the only thing you need to learn is how to love the game... the skills, abilities and desire all come from loving the game."

So i guess just enjoying, cause it really is a good fun along the way.

Thanks again for your support.

Reply to Patty Mills
11:49AM, Mon 1 December 2008
Hi Patty,
No mean to be rude, but how old are you exactly and when you lived in Australia were did you live? Sorry if this is a bit rude but I was just wondering. Good Luck with everything else in your life like the new season. I looooooooooooooove Basketball!!!
Marita Carman
Melbourne Australia
Reply to Marita Carman
11:23AM, Wed 10 December 2008
Hi Marita,

I grew up in Canberra and moved to the U.S when i was 19.

C ya.... Patty
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