Butler University incoming freshman big man, Carmel High School’s John-Michael Mulloy shined at the Indiana All-Star games this past weekend.
The Indiana All-Stars squared off against their Kentucky counterparts, and the results were very lopsided to say the least:
The 6’10”, 200 pound Mulloy played a big part in those victories–especially on Saturday, when he scored 12 points (5 of 7 shooting), 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in 12:31 minutes of play:
As a result of Mulloy’s strong performance, he earned the Stats Buster Award given to the winning team’s player with the most impactful play on Saturday:
Mulloy also added 4 points (2 of 4 shooting), 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in 12:39 minutes of play during Friday night’s victory.
The 2019 Indiana All-Star and State Champion always seems to be a catalyst on winning teams with his ability to impact the game in a variety of positive ways–even if he doesn’t always put up gaudy numbers on the stats sheet.
Butler has had a few of those type of decorated players too–with another big man, arguably the program’s greatest player, Matt Howard, immediately coming to mind.
Granted, it’s unfair to compare Mulloy to Howard at this stage of his college career–considering Mulloy hasn’t even seriously bounced a basketball in a Butler uniform yet at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
He’s his own type of player with his own unique style of play. One that features his ability to dribble, drive, and shoot at a high level as a big man.
That being said, Butler’s program reached its apex by signing players with a high degree of leadership, basketball IQ, grittiness, and intangibles–who simply find ways to help their team win games by doing a lot of the little things very well.
From that standpoint, Mulloy seems to be cut from the same cloth, but make no mistake about it, the big man also has his fair share of skills:
With Valpo grad transfer Derrik Smits‘ arrival, it’ll be interesting to see if the Bulldogs ultimately redshirt Mulloy next season–as head coach LaVall Jordan may now have that luxury, but regardless, he figures to be a key player for the program’s success going forward.