San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills attended the 2016 Rainbow Warrior Basketball Camp on Wednesday to talk with campers at the University of Hawaii.
Before Mills became a NBA champion in 2014 and UH head basketball coach Eran Ganot became Big West Coach of the Year, they were both busy making St. Mary’s a national powerhouse. Mills is just one product from Ganot’s Australian recruiting contingent. At St. Mary’s, Ganot produced another NBA player, Cleveland Cavs shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova.
Things worked out perfectly as the Canberra, Australia native decided to make a pit stop in Hawaii on the way home in preparation of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Mills will represent the Australian national team along with fellow NBA players Dellavedova and Andrew Bogut.
“It kind of works out alright, because leaving Texas, Hawaii is on the way to Australia,” said Mills. “I thought I’d stop by over here and get a good break and obviously visit coach Ganot. He gave me the opportunity to use this as a facility to get ready for the Rio Olympics this year. I couldn’t be more grateful for that and the least I could do is see the kids here for their mini camp.”
Mills explained Ganot’s loyalty and passion for the entire program are a key part to his success and it’s just getting started.
“He’s a great person, he’s a great family guy, he’s loyal and I think that’s a big thing and it’s a great place for this as well,” said Mills. “He’s a genuine person that cares about his players and about his program and at this point, about Hawaii. I think it’s great. I think the University of Hawaii has a great person in him and I think the success, there’s more to come for sure.”
The Rainbow Warrior Basketball Camp is made up of three sessions this summer. The next two sessions will commence on June 21-24 and Aug. 1-4. There’s also an additional single-day shooting clinic on June 10.