DO YOU KNOW BYRON MULLENS?
Here are five things you may not have known about Clippers big man Byron Mullens:
1. As a senior at Canal Winchester High in Ohio, Mullens was the No. 1 ranked recruit in the nation, according to Rivals.com. Scout.com slated him at No. 3 behind Brandon Jennings (Oak Hill Academy) and former Clippers Summer League player Samardo Samuels (St. Benedict Prep). He once scored 62 points in a game in high school and was selected for both the McDonald’s All-America game as well as the Jordan Brand Classic before attending Ohio State for one season.
2. Mullens posted a picture of his son, Baron, wearing an oversized No. 0 Clippers jersey on Twitter (@byron22mullens). The picture and jersey were also used for Baron’s first birthday party, which Mullens said was entitled “Baron’s Rookie Year.” Invitations were made to look like tickets to the basketball-themed party.
3. Although he was born in Ohio, Mullens planned to represent Great Britain in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. His mother is from Middlesex, making him potentially eligible as either a naturalized or non-naturalized British citizen. However, a ruling about his eligibility was never determined after Mullens was forced to pull out of the games due to a toe injury.
4. Mullens is an avid billiards player and is adept at trick shots. Clippers teammate Ryan Hollins posted a video of Mullens sinking four pool balls in one shot on Instagram during the offseason. Mullens lined the balls up side-by-side next to the left middle pocket and sunk all of them by striking the cue ball into the middle of the line.
5. During his high school days at Canal Winchester, Mullens and a friend taught basketball clinics and talked to troubled kids in youth detention centers. After his first season with the Thunder in 2009, he returned to Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe, Ohio to play pickup games with inmates and help make a difference in people’s lives.