Basketball Australia is delighted to have two Australian Basketball superstars as Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops program ambassadors - Lauren Jackson and Patty Mills.
LAUREN JACKSON BIO
Arguably the finest women’s basketballer of all-time, Jackson tipped off her career at the AIS in 1997. Quickly making a name for herself in both the WNBL and internationally, she lead the Jayco Opals to silver medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, as well as gold at the 2006 FIBA World Championships. Jackson was taken with the first pick of the 2001 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm, where she lead the Storm to two WNBA Championships, while continuing to win WNBL titles with the Canberra Capitals. Stints in Korea, Russia and Spain followed with continued success, before collecting a fourth medal in London, where she became the first female to carry the Australian flag at the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Jackson returned to the Capitals during the 2014/15 WNBL season.
PATTY MILLS BIO
One of the brightest stars to ever come off the AIS production line, Mills was on the Australian Boomers radar at age 17, teaming up with the national squad in 2006 and debuting for the Boomers in 2007, before breaking out on the world stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he lead Australia in scoring – headlined by 20 points against the USA. Winning his first Gaze Medal for International Player of the Year at just 20 years of age, Mills has also enjoyed stints with St Mary’s College in the USA, the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, the NBL and the Chinese Basketball Association, alongside two Olympic Games and a FIBA World Championship campaign. Mills is currently with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, where he became an NBA Champion in 2014.