April 28, 2011

ASU's Curtis Millage giving back

Former Arizona State standout guard and now European standout Curtis Millage has made a generous donation to Arizona Magic Youth Outreach Inc.

Millage makes his home in Scottsdale, Arizona throughout his off season and works out with Padraig O'Brien of Give N Go Hoops to stay in shape.

Millage attended the Magic practice this past Tuesday night and loved what he witnessed.

"I did my research on the Magic program and really liked what I saw at practice on Tuesday night," says Millage. "Coach de is a no-nonsense coach and his talented players really respond to him and enjoy the game."

Millage went on to say, "I got a chance to see the talent the Magic has been able to assemble, and their track record of getting players to the next level is truly remarkable, and I just wanted to help the kids out."

The 2011 Magic squads are fresh off an Elite 8 finish in Colorado at the Adidas Double Pump Spring Classic, and features some of the brightest Arizona up and coming stars:

Larry Lewis 2012 - USC Commit

Eric Jacobsen 2012 - Offers from Pepperdine, University of Denver, UCSB, Weber State and San Francisco - close to offering: ASU, Washington State, Gonzaga, Auburn, Stanford, USC, Boise State, Oregon State

Tim Derksen 2012 - Offers from San Francisco, USD, Northern Colorado and Boise State - close to offering: Pepperdine, Colorado, Boston College

Cameron Forte 2011 - Offers from Northern Colorado and UC-Riverside

Pierre Newton 2011 - Offer from Mississippi Valley State

Juwan Moody 2011 - Interest from Big East, Pac 12 and SEC schools

Sami Bzai 2012 - Interest from Metro State, Utah Valley, UCSB

Kevin Bowman 2012 - Interest from Metro State, UCSB, Utah State, Weber State

Avery Moss 2012 - Offer from UCSB, Football Offers: U of A, ASU

Kisima Jagne 2012 - Offer for football: ASU, Washington, U of A, Colorado

Camyn Boone 2012 - Offer from Houston Baptist

Ronald March 2011 - Offer from Houston Baptist, Metro State

Lucas O'Brien 2012 - Offer from Grand Canyon - Interest from Pepperdine, Utah State, Cornell, Denver and Samford.

Callum Long 2012 - Offer from Columbia

"I couldn't be more proud to have a quality individual like Curtis (Millage) and his wife Monica supporting our program," says Jeff de Laveaga, director of basketball operations for the Magic. "Curtis is the most humble individual I have ever met, and continues to have great success overseas. He just wanted to give back to the community and it's great to see a guy like Curtis understand how important it is for these kids to be given a chance to be seen on the national stage. His financial assistance will go towards travel cost for our teams to attend our national events throughout the spring and summer."

About Curtis Millage

Curtis Millage former junior college standout had one of the best two-year careers in ASU history. Finished his career eighth in points (853), tied for seventh in scoring average (14.7), tenth in field goals (301) and seventh in free throw percentage (.732) among two-year Sun Devils. Averaged 17.4 points per game in Pac-10 play in 2002-2003, tied for fifth in the loop, and his 15.9 points per game overall was tenth in the league. Finished his career with 13 20-point games and made 49-of-56 (.875) free throws in the final 10 games and averaged 19.9 points in that span. Nearly posted the first triple-double in ASU history with his 17-point, 11-rebound and nine-assist performance vs. Memphis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 20. Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10.

After finishing his college basketball career at ASU, Millage turned pro. He has since played in China, Croatia, and Latvia. In the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons he played with ASK Riga. In October 2008, he signed a contract for one season with the Russian team Enisey Krasnoyarsk. After one season in Russia he signed with Slovenian club Union Olimpija which plays in Euroleague. In 2009, he signed in HyŤres Toulon Var Basket (in France).


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