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Where will BJ Mullens Go?

By Rob Trautman

There have been many players leave school early to enter the NBA. Players like Greg Oden (No. 1 pick/2007), Mike Conley Jr. (No. 4/2007), Daequan Cook (No. 21/2007) and Kosta Kouvos (
No. 23/2008) are the others. Center BJ. Mullens is the only Buckeye to be added to that list. The stats don't lie, Mullens did not play consistent the whole year, and he had alot to prove at the collegiate level.

Ohio State finished 22-11 in 2008-09 with Mullens coming off the bench to provide 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. He shot 64 percent from the field to set an Ohio State freshman record for accuracy. He also blocked 37 shots and scored 292 points. He averaged 20.3 minutes a game with two starts in 33 appearances.

The Buckeyes return its entire starting five for the 2009-10 season and a total of 12 letterwinners. If Mullens would have stayed, he could not only have improved his game, but added to an already good Ohio State basketball team. Mullens might be considered a late first round pick by a stretch. After watching his freshman season, he had inconsistency scoring and staying on the floor. Look for him to struggle picking up the quickness of the NBA game and also the physical play. He will be a project, but eventually could be a good NBA player. Some mock drafts have Mullens going in the late first round to a team like the Atlanta Hawks who need a center. Another team that could use a center with size is the Detroit Pistons.