Before Spurs guard Patty Mills begins training with the Australian National Team, he will be going back to his alma mater.
Mills will return to Saint Mary’s College in California to participate in a special alumni game on June 29 that will feature several former SMU players. Mills will join players Matthew Dellavedova, Omar Samhan, Mickey McConnell, Daniel Kickert, E.J. Rowland, Paul Marigney, Diamon Simpson, Rob Jones, Ian O’Leary and Stephen Holt.
From the Contra Costa Times:
“Our program has developed such strong ties between players, coaches, alumni and the community that we wanted to find a way to continue to strengthen those relationships,” said St. Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett. “With so many players currently on professional teams throughout the world, it has been impossible to get everyone back on campus during the season. A number of former players indicated their schedules would allow them to make it back this summer and they wanted to be a part of something special. What better showcase of our program than through these special alumni and all-star games.”
Saint Mary’s has won 72 percent of its games over the past 13 seasons. They have also won two West Coast Conference regular-season titles and had eight postseason appearances.
The homecoming will no doubt be special for Mills, who returns after winning his first NBA championship.