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Mills was born and raised in Canberra, and is of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal Australian descent. In 2007, he became the third Indigenous basketball player to play for the Australian national team. Mills was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 55th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft after playing two years of college basketball for the Saint Mary's Gaels.
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. It was in 2007 when the promising young guard made his Boomers debut and from there things were on the up and up for Mills