Mills move gets thumbs up

Mills move gets thumbs up

Patty Mills' decision to nominate for the NBA Draft after just his sophomore college season at St Mary's has received the thumbs-up from respected ESPN columnist Andy Katz.

The Boomers point guard announced on 20 April that he would nominate for the 2009 NBA Draft but would not sign an agent, keeping the door open to return for his junior season with the Gaels.

After an injury-interrupted season that saw the indigenous superstar sit out a large chunk of the Gaels’ campaign due to a broken hand , some might question if the timing was right for Mills to enter the Draft but Katz rated the decision as “Hard to argue” in his latest ESPN.com column.

“Mills' broken right hand was enough of a scare to send him into the draft,” wrote Katz. “Mills has proved at the Olympic level that he can play with the elite players. He still could technically return, but no one would debate his readiness to play professionally.”

Katz’s opinion is a strong vote of confidence for Mills ahead of the June 25 draft at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Mills is currently rated as the 25th best player in the 2009 NBA Draft by Katz’s ESPN colleague Chad Ford. Were he to be draft at that position, he would be selected in the first round and become an instant millionaire.

The news from Katz wasn't so good for another Australian however with Ater Majok's (Connecticut) decision to declare for the draft rated by the ESPN legend as foolishness.

"How about playing a game first before you declare for the NBA draft," Katz asked. "Majok shouldn't be testing the draft process. He needs to prove he can play to be worthy of the investment."