Nov. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior forward garnered selection as the Conference USA men's basketball Player of the Week based on voting from a media panel covering the 12 league schools and released Monday afternoon.
Mills, a Chicago, Ill., native, averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds while connecting on 81.0-percent from the field and 71.4-percent from the free throw line. His performance helped Southern Miss to a 3-0 record and earned him Most Valuable Player honors at the Progressive Legends Classic Huntsville Sub-regional.
Mills opened the tournament with his fifth career double-double, scoring 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and pulling down a season-high 10 rebounds against host Sam Houston State. Against UC-Irvine, he had 14 points and seven rebounds, and then closed out the week against Liberty by scoring nine of the team's first 11 points on his way to a game-high 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He also added eight rebounds and two assists. This is Mills' first career C-USA Player of the Week honor.
Tulsa's James Woodward was named the C-USA Freshman of the Week.