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Pitino breaking some news on BJ Mullens?

Posted on: March 21, 2009 4:39 pm

Louisville coach Rick Pitino broke some news Saturday -- or spread a bad rumor -- when he made the following statement about 7-foot Ohio State freshman center B.J. Mullens:

"I heard last night that B.J. Mullens was going to go pro," Pitino said.

Wow. Really? Mullens had a decent freshman season -- 8.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 63.4 percent shooting from the floor -- and would figure to have a monster sophomore season. But at 7-0, 275 pounds, he has the size the NBA craves right now. His feet are good, too. If he turns pro, he's definitely a first-round pick. That's just a guess, but I'm right.

Would Pitino really know Mullens' plan? Maybe. Ohio State was in the same building as Pitino's Louisville team on Friday, and they would have played Sunday had the Buckeyes beaten Siena. So maybe Pitino talked to an OSU staff member.

Or maybe he reads one of those OSU message boards. 

Pitino then tried to discourage Mullens from actually leaving school so soon.

"Be the worst move the kid could ever make," Pitino said. "He's going to be a terrific pro, but sitting on the bench during the course of the season, you're trying to get ready. If you're an NBA coach you're not worried about that 10th, 11th or 12th man, developing him. You're worried about winning and surviving as a coach. That young man doesn't improve -- like Donte Green of Syracuse."

Category: NCAAB

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2009 8:46 pm

Pitino breaking some news on BJ Mullens?

I would expect a little more research from a paid sports writer, Doyel. Mullens' family is struggling financially, which is influencing his decision to forego his sophomore season and make the jump to the NBA. Think about the burden on a 19 year old to have to choose whether to hone his game and become a better player for one more year, or to have to go pro in order to help support your parents. It's hard enough as it is, and it doesn't help to have people criticizing his every move.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 11:29 am

Pitino breaking some news on BJ Mullens?

 this is crazy. When is it going to stop with these guys going one year and done. It dilutes the college level. Can't say I blame some of them for taking the money but it's got to stop. I don't know if Pitino is right or wrong but he knew it would get out so that's why he made the comments. If Mullens decides to come well good for him. Mark from Georgia www.georgiahighschoolsportstalk.blo

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