Vincennes University sophomore Mychal Mulder has made his decision.
The highly sought-after 6-4 wing will take his long-range shooting prowess, athletic and explosive leaping ability and creative interior shot-making skills to the University of Kentucky. Mulder signed his national letter of intent Tuesday with VU Coach Todd Franklin, Assistant Coach Brian Davis, Mulder’s father Randy and his teammates looking on at the VU P.E. Complex.
“I got to experience the recruiting process with some really great schools and programs, but Kentucky just seems to be the best situation for me to continue my basketball career at the next level, whether it would be in the NBA or even overseas,” Mulder said of the offer from John Calipari’s Wildcats. When you play for Coach Calipari, you’re always going to have the opportunity to do great things in life in some way – it’s just up to you to grab that opportunity. Plus, when you play for Kentucky, even when it comes time to hang up your jersey, people still love you. Kentucky has great fans.”
The Wildcats entered the fray for Mulder’s services late in the recruiting process. In fact, Mulder said he was ready to pare his possibilities to a final few when Kentucky contacted him.
“Coach Calipari told me that he knew about me earlier but he didn’t know for a while if he would have a spot for me to as much (playing) time as I would like to have,” Mulder said. “He said he didn’t want to bring me in as a junior if I wasn’t going to get a chance. Once he found out how many players were seriously looking at the (NBA) draft, he knew I’d have a chance to compete for a spot.”
The explosive wing player said an opportunity is all he has ever expected from any team with which he would sign.
“That’s all I’ve ever wanted – a chance,” Mulder said. “I didn’t expect promises of anything, just an opportunity that’s mine if I work hard and grab it.”
Mulder was a National Junior College Athletic Association First-Team All-American following the 2014-15 season when the Trailblazers were 33-2 after ending their season in the second round of the NJCAA Div. I Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament. VU was also ranked No. 1 almost all season as the team finished the regular season undefeated at 30-0.
Mulder, who was among the season’s top junior college prospects and receiving interest from several top-flight NCAA Div. I programs, scored 865 points in two seasons with the Trailblazers. His two-season scoring average was 12.1 points per game and his rebounding average for his VU career was 5.7 boards per contest.
In 2014-15, the Windsor, Ontario, Can., product led VU in scoring at 15.7 points per game (scoring 548 points on the season) and also pulled down 6.9 rebounds per contest (second on the team). Mulder shot .488 (88-for-197) overall and .447 (80-for-100) from beyond the arc in 2014-15. He connected on 80 percent of his free throw attempts during this sophomore campaign when he had scoring efforts of 28, 26 (twice) and 24 points.
Mulder erupted for a career-high 38 points and eight rebounds when VU dropped its first game of the season in the title game of the NJCAA District 16 Tournament. He was 13-for-19 from the floor overall and 6-for-11 from 3-point range in the double-overtime thriller that John A. Logan won, 105-98.
Mulder scored 20 points in the Trailblazers' first round win over Cochise in the national tournament.
Prior to his arrival at VU, Mulder was graded as one of the top 10 high school basketball players in Canada. He helped top-rated Catholic Central claim the 2013 OFSAA AAA Tournament in which the Comets dominated opponents, including No. 3 Ottawa St. Patrick.
Following the tournament championship, Mulder was selected by coaches in Ontario as the league’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season and was invited to play in the across-the-border Best of Michigan All-Star Game. He also competed in the event’s dunk contest before garnering the game’s MVP award.
In addition, Mulder was a member of the Canadian Under-21 National Team.
MULDER'S 2014-15 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICAL LOOK