Former local high school basketball star Jonathan Mills was shot to death on Monday in North Lawndale, a source confirmed to CSN.
A Class 2A state champion and city champion who played high school ball at North Lawndale and college basketball at Southern Miss, Mills was shot multiple times in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt at 1:27 p.m., police told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The 26-year-old Mills was pronounced dead at the scene. He is survived by two daughters.
Mills became a West Side legend in Chicago basketball circles as one of the hardest-working rebounders the city has seen in the last decade. Taking North Lawndale to two state semifinals and winning a Class 2A state championship in 2008, the 6-foot-5 lefty wasn't particularly skilled as an undersized forward, but he was relentless in his pursuit of the ball and a rugged defender.
In his first varsity season at North Lawndale as a junior, Mills averaged 16.8 points and 13.7 rebounds per game as he led the Phoenix in rebounding 31 of 33 games during a state title run. In a Class 2A sectional title game against Englewood, Mills had a legendary performance as he had 22 points and 23 rebounds in a two-point win.
During his senior season, Mills averaged 14 points and 13 rebounds per game in helping the Phoenix win the school's first city championship. Beating Hyde Park in overtime for the city title, Mills had 13 points and 23 rebounds in a 54-51 win as he secured the game-clinching rebound off of teammate Terry Johnson's missed free throw.
After playing two years of junior college ball at Eastern Utah, Mills played his final two seasons of college basketball at Southern Miss in Conference USA. Mills earned third-team All-Conference USA honors as a junior while also making the All-Defensive Team as he averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. During his senior year, Mills was once again on the Conference USA All-Defensive Team as he put up 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game.
On Monday, Twitter was filled with memories of Mills from coaches, players and reporters that watched him play.
I can't believe My guy Jonathan Mills was shot n killed today! He was the TOUGHEST kid I ever coached! I love you bro! Prayers 4 family! RIP— Donnie Tyndall (@DonnieTyndall) July 25, 2016
My lil bro/Former @USMGoldenEagles men's basketball player-Jonathan Mills has been killed crazy cold world we live in rip love yu lil bro— Sherron Collins (@SHERRONCOLLINS4) July 25, 2016
It's sad when you look up to a guy when you was growing up that's no longer here R.I.P JMills👼🏽👼🏽🙏🏼 https://t.co/GSLfpvbnea— Kyle Davis (@KD_MP3) July 25, 2016
This is so sad. Jonathan Mills was one of my favorite high school players to cover. https://t.co/H7f95T6Zfv— Scott Powers (@ByScottPowers) July 25, 2016
Jonathan Mills was an incredibly tough player, one of the best rebounders I've ever covered. Had a big personality, wicked sense of humor— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) July 25, 2016
Jon Mills came straight from prom, slept in a white tux in the airport & outplayed Derrick Favors as a 6-5 forward. pic.twitter.com/ms6gN5aklo— Scott Phillips (@phillipshoops) July 25, 2016
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