Saint Mary's College star guard Patty Mills will make himself available for the NBA draft, possibly giving up the final two years of college basketball eligibility.
On Friday, Mills told a teleconference initiated by Basketball Australia from the Moraga campus that he would not sign with an agent ahead of the June 25 draft, meaning he could pull his name out by the June 15 deadline and return to school.
Mills, a member of the 2008 Australian Olympic team, concluded his second season with the Gaels, averaging career highs of 18.7 points, 4.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. Saint Mary's lost in the quarterfinals of the NIT to San Diego State. He missed the last five weeks of the regular season with a broken right hand.
"It's a win-win situation for me," Mills said. "If I don't get all the feedback that I want or need, I come back for my third year."
The 30 players chosen in the first round of the draft are guaranteed three-year contracts.
"It was a tough decision to come across ... sitting down with my family and Coach (Randy Bennett)," Mills said. "I really need to push myself and challenge myself to the next level, test the waters and get the feedback."
Mills, 20, said he has no particular NBA team in mind.
"I will come across them in the next few weeks," he said. "We'll sit down and sort out the teams. Right now, I have to work on my conditioning, my basketball. These are the things I am worrying about at this point."
First up, though, are his remaining classes this school year.
"I still have another semester left, and I am doing the best I can to finish them off," Mills said. "I have never been in this situation, I'm new to it all ... learning how to handle the off-court distractions, as well as my work on court."