Coach Silas Mills enters his second season as a coach for Utah Basketball Club. He brings a wealth of collegiate and professional playing experience to the UBC team of coaches.
Silas began his collegiate playing career at the University of Utah under legendary Head Coach Rick Majerus. Coming in as a ‘prop 48’ student-athlete, Mills transferred to Salt Lake Community College where he played for legendary SLCC Head Coach Norm Parrish.
Mills carried the Bruins to an NJCAA National Tournament appearance and a top five ranking in the final national poll for the first time in program history. In 1993-1994, Mills guided the Bruins to a Region 18 championship and he was named an All-Region 18 player along with NJCAA All-Tournament honors.
He moved on to Utah State University and played under Larry Eustachy from 1994-1996. Silas led the Aggies to a Big West Conference championship as USU became the last program to claim the conference title.
Coach Mills entered the professional ranks overseas, beginning his pro career at Kalev Tallin in Estonia in 1996. He then played pro ball in the USBL and IBA in 1997-1998. In 1998, Mills joined the Mobiline squad in the Phillipino Basketball Association (PBA) where he carried them to a league championship and was named league MVP.
Mills then returned to the United States to play professionally in the CBA, where he led the Yakima Sun Kings to a league championship in 1999-2000. That year, Mills was named Finals MVP under Coach Paul Woolport. With the CBA title, Mills earned the opportunity to compete for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the annual Rocky Mountain Revue at Salt Lake Community College.
With a standout performance in the Revue, Mills earned a contract to play in the Turkish professional ranks where his pro career took flight. After a full year in the Turkish pro ranks with team Fenerbahce, Mills returned to the CBA where he played for multiple franchises over a three-year period before joining the Seattle Supersonics for another stint in the summer league.
Silas has played professionally in the Greece, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Turkey and France over a period of a 14-year career in Europe alone. He earned Most Dependable Player honors while in Europe (2003) by EuroBasket.com.
Mills closed his pro career with St. Chamond (France) following the 2010 season, where even at the age of 38 he averaged over 12 points per contest to go with 6.2 rebounds per outing and three blocks per game. He shot 47.3% from the field in his final year, with a three-point shooting average of 42.9% and a free-throw tally of 87.8%.
Mills played his prep basketball at Washington High School (WHS) in Milwaukee, WI. While at WHS, Mills was named a McDonald’s Kentucky Derby All-American and was an All-City, All-Conference, and All-Milwaukee Wisconsin Basketball player. With Mills on the roster, the Purgolders won the hotly contested Wisconsin State Championship in 1990-1991.
Silas was considered as a ‘Top 5 Best Swing Man’ along with the likes of NBA legends Michael Finley, Jalen Rose, Sharell Ford and Donnie Boyce.
With his vast collegiate and pro experience, Mills hopes to use his expertise in basketball to help young players improve both on the court and in life. His primary focus is placed on player development.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at Utah State University and along with his wife Nicole, two daughters (also top prep prospects in women’s basketball) Dominique and Monique and son Silas Jr., resides in Cottonwood Heights, UT.