Caden Mills signs with TTU
By Andy Southard | November 13, 2017 6:19 am
Wednesday was a big day for Caden Mills.
In front of a room full of family, teammates, and friends, the senior guard of the Van Buren Eagles signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Tennessee Tech University, which fulfilled a life-long dream.
Mills has been a catalyst for Van Buren County over the past three seasons, leading the Eagles to their first-ever state tournament appearance, in 2015, as a freshman. The Eagles also made it back in Mills’ sophomore and junior seasons. Mills helped lead the Eagles to their first-ever state tournament win in his sophomore season. The Eagles defeated Grace Christian, in Knoxville, 64-60.
Mills talked a little bit about why he chose Tennessee Tech.
“The coaches at Tech have stayed in contact with me throughout the whole process and just made me feel at home anytime I was around the campus, which means a lot to my family and me,” he said.
Mills is a 2,000-point scorer heading into his senior campaign. As a junior, Mills averaged 27 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. He was named the District MVP, Region MVP, and All-State.
Mills plans to major in business management and administration.
“I could see myself doing this some day, and I feel like it will give me the best chance of getting a job after high school,” he said.
Mills also talked about his goals for his college career.
“My goals in school are just to stay a step ahead of everything academically and make good grades,” he said. “As for basketball, I want to contribute to the team in the best way I can.”
Coach Steve Payne, TTU basketball coach, had this to say about Mills on the Tech website.
“He is a 6-6, play-anywhere kind of guy who can shoot, pass, and handle the basketball,” Payne said. “He is only going to get bigger and stronger, and he is a sneaky athletic, so I am very excited about his future. It will be a jump from Class A to Division I basketball, but every time I see him play against strong competition, both individually, and as a team, he always performs. I think he is that type of guy, and he will figure out how to be successful at all times.”
With the decision of his post-high school path behind him, Mills is ready to get started with his senior season of basketball at VBHS.
“I’m glad I decided before my senior season starts, so now I can focus on the high school season,” he said.
With the official start of the high school season set for Tuesday and a major decision out of the way, Mills is ready to concentrate on the next part of his journey – being the guy that helps lead the Eagles back to the state tournament in 2017-18.