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."