PRINCETON, N.J. -- Authentic Ivy turns the spotlight to another successful Ivy alum who has used lessons learned as a student-athlete to weave an impressive path as a professional.
Steve Mills, former Princeton basketball standout and current general manager of the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks, is featured in this month's installment of Authentic Ivy.
Mills took time at the Knicks' training facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., to share insights and stories about his life and career from his Long Island roots to playing for the Tigers under the legendary Pete Carril to a career working in the NBA that has evolved into a second stint with the Knicks organization.
A second-team All-Ivy selection during his senior year on Old Nassau, Mills took a moment to reflect on what being Ivy League student-athlete means to him, even to this day:
"One thing that I constantly tell people is that everything that's happened to me -- from a career standpoint, any success that I've had as a professional or as a person -- all goes back. It starts at Princeton. It starts with having the opportunity to attend a university like that, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world, and to play basketball at a place like that. There's nothing that's happened to me that doesn't have its roots go back to my experiences at Princeton. It's just something I really believe down to my core."
Click the video window to the right to watch the full interview.
Authentic Ivy is an ongoing feature series that will highlight current and former student-athletes, coaches and administrators, focusing on how their Ivy League experiences prepared them for success, in and out of the realm of athletics. Authentic Ivy features will roll out throughout the year on IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com and IvyLeagueSports.com.