SNOW HILL- The Lower Shore community this week is mourning the loss of a great champion, on and off the basketball court, after Worcester County native son Sherron Mills, a former star player at Snow Hill High and later Virginia Commonwealth University lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALC), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease at the age of 44.
The Snow Hill native was a key part of the Eagles’ 1989 team that ran the table at 26-0, culminating with a Maryland state championship. Mills set a state championship finals record with 47 points in the 1989 title game and also set the state two-game scoring mark with 77 and tied the record for the most field goals in a single game with 19. All of those records still stand today.
Mills played one season at Chowan Junior College before transferring to Division I Virginia Commonwealth in 1990. Mills’ strong performance in his senior season caught the eye of NBA scouts and he was drafted with the first pick in the second round by the Minnesota Timberwolves. While he did not make the Timberwolves’ final roster, Mills did go on to enjoy a remarkable career playing professional basketball overseas in various leagues. VCU Basketball mourned his passing this week.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Sherron Mills,” said VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin this week in a statement. “Sherron was one of the best ever to wear the black and gold. Although 23 years have passed since he wore a VCU uniform, our fans continue to share stories of his exploits on the court and his kindness off it. He was a fan favorite and a beloved teammate who will be a VCU Ram forever. VCU Athletics extends our deepest condolences to Sherron’s loved ones.”
Mills, 44, is survived by his wife and two children. No service arrangements have been announced.