ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Former University of Michigan men’s basketball All-American Terry Mills (1988-90) will join the Michigan IMG Radio Network’s crew as the analyst for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Mills joins lead play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard. In addition to all U-M’s game broadcasts, Mills is scheduled to assist with the Inside Michigan Basketball Radio Show.
“I have always wanted to come back and help out in some capacity,” said Mills. “The opportunity came up, and I jumped at it. I am more than excited. I am kind of like a kid in a candy store right now. I follow the program and watch every basketball game from afar. I am very excited to do that.”
“We are thrilled to bring in someone with an extensive basketball knowledge like Terry has,” said U-M head coach John Beilein. “This is such a unique opportunity, and it allows us the chance to reconnect with another basketball alum, especially someone who had a great deal of success here at Michigan. I am confident he will do a great job.”
“I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to work with a Michigan champion in Terry Mills,” said Shepard. “I know how much he loves the school, the program and the people associated with both. Terry is taking this new career seriously, and I know he will work as hard at delivering the best basketball insight as he did on his jumper that made him such a gifted player both here and in the NBA. I know basketball fans everywhere will enjoy his passion and knowledge during our broadcasts.”
Mills finished his three-year U-M career starting 101 of his 102 career games and was a key member of the Wolverines run to the 1989 national championship. He scored 1,405 points (24th all-time) and grabbed 681 rebounds (17th all-time) in his collegiate career and earned All-America honors in 1990 while averaging 18.1 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. A native of Romulus, Mich., Mills went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted in 1990 by the Denver Nuggets and also played for the New Jersey Nets, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers.
Catching Up with Former Wolverine Terry Mills
On what he has been doing for the past few years … “For the past four years, I have been coaching at Henry Ford Community College. I really thought I wanted to be in coaching, which I enjoyed doing, but once this opportunity came up it was a no-brainer for me to come back to my alma mater.”
On staying in touching with the program … “I have always been a Michigan fan. I bleed Maize and Blue. That is just the way it is. Even when the team was down I was always around, coming to practices and coming to games. I always tried to make myself present to show my support. I remember sitting down with Coach Beilein when he first got the job and told him if I can help, I would do it.”
On his thoughts of what he has seen of the current Wolverines … “I have been to about five or six practices so far. So far what I have seen I like. They work very hard, and I can see good things happening this upcoming season. They are really focused.”
On how this team can capitalize on last year’s NCAA run … “They need to not live off that success. That was a whole different team. You lost two great players, two great starters. They have to build their own legacy right now. With these new freshmen coming in, they need to build upon that. By the way, I have seen them practice over the last few weeks, they should be just fine.”
On U-M’s 1989 national title … “It was just an incredible run. We just happened to be playing great basketball come tournament time. We had our ups and downs during the season just like anyone else would during the course of the season. We just pulled it all together and made a run at the right time and got a championship here at Michigan.”
On the 25th anniversary of the national title … “If you would tell me it has been 25 years since that run and told me I was in college back then, playing here I wouldn’t believe you. It just shows you how time can fly.”
On what he thinks of all the changes to Crisler Center … “It is just amazing. I am just getting used to the building. I don’t know all the ins and outs — there are a lot of secret tunnels and things like that going on. I would hope we had a little something to do with helping the program, and even building, get to this point. It helps with recruiting. Am I jealous? Not one a bit. Just being back and a part gives me my joy.”