CANBERRA basketball star Patrick Mills has been named as a finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards, also known as “The Deadlys”.
Mills, pictured, is a finalist in the Male Sportsperson of the Year category, which he won last year.
A graduate of the Australian Institute of Sport, the 24 year old was the first Indigenous Australian to play in the NBA play-offs.
Since March he has played with the San Antonio Spurs where he produced an NBA career high with a 34 point game – the highest single game tally achieved by an Australian in the NBA.
Mills was named captain of the Australian Boomers in July ahead of the London Olympics, becoming the first Aboriginal person to captain an Olympic team.
The 18th annual Deadlys will be held at the Sydney Opera House on September 25. Voting for finalists is now open at www.vibe.com.au until September 9.