BJ Mullens: NBA Draft Profile

January 13th, 2009

BJ Mullens


College: Ohio State

Class: Freshman

Position: C

Height: 7’0”

Weight: 275lbs


Accolades: All-USA Boys Basketball Team - USA Today - high school (08), McDonald’s All-American - high school (08), First Team Parade All-American - high school (08).


Scouting Report: A big man with big potential.


Strengths: Tons of potential and upside. Blocks and alters shots. Extremely long - nice wingspan. Nice size for the NBA. Mobile for a big man. Moves feet well on D. Good at getting position in post. Can finish with either hand down low. Nice jump hook. Can get out and run the floor for a big man. Very athletic for his size. Quick. Has good hands.


Weaknesses: Has attitude, conditioning & effort issues. Needs to work on his defensive awareness - can get lost at times. Leaves his feet too often on D in an attempt to block shots. Didn’t play big minutes his freshman year. Very inconsistent. Forces shots. Doesn’t always have good balance in the post. Horrible free throw shooter.


Projected 2009 Draft Range: Top five to late lottery pick.


Consensus: B.J. Mullens is not ready for the NBA. With that being said, it appears he will still enter this June’s draft. And why wouldn’t he, considering he’ll probably get picked in lottery. While plenty of holes in his game have been exposed in college, his potential is too high for too many NBA teams to pass on him.




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= Superstar/All-NBA Potential - Michael Beasley

= Potential NBA All-Star - Derrick Rose

= Consistent NBA Starter - Brook Lopez

= 6th Man/Fringe Starter - Russell Westbrook

= Career Reserve - Roy Hibbert

= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man - JR Giddens

0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues - Drew Neitzel