Name: Joshua Mullins
Class: 2016 “Senior”
Height/Weight: 6’2” 180
High School: Nash Central (NC)
AAU Team: Juice All-Stars NC
Projected Level of Play: Low-Major D1 / D2
Joshua Mullins is a silky-smooth scoring guard with a lethal jump-shot. Hailing from Nash Central High School (NC), he has flown under the radar for Division 1 schools, much like former Nash Central standout Trey Sumler (All-SoCon 1st Team) did in 2009 before walking-on to star at Western Carolina University. Standing at 6’2” with long arms and plenty of athleticism, Mullins finished his senior campaign averaging 24 points, 5 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals while shooting a remarkable 44% from 3 point range. With the right fit and improvement, he could have lasting success at the next level.
3 Point Shooting – Mullins shot over 44% from 3 point range in his senior season. He’s shown an impressive ability to create his own 3 point shot off the dribble and moves very well off of the ball to free himself for three-pointers as well. He has very good lift on his jumper and is able to comfortably knock down step-back jumpers as well as catch and shoot 3’s out to 22 feet away.
Scoring Ability – Mullins possesses the ability to break down nearly any defender off the dribble at the HS level. Shows an array of nifty crossover dribble moves that leave defenders in the dust, spin moves, hesitations and has a very efficient step-back… In isolation situations, he’s very patient and does a great job of keeping defenders on their heels. He attacks close outs very well and forces defenders to guard him out to 22 feet due to his high 3 point accuracy.
Length – Despite being just 6’2” as a combo, he possesses long arms that enable him to wreak havoc in passing lanes and pick guards pockets in man to man defenses, often leading to rim rattling dunks. He also uses his length well offensively when attacking the rim, hanging in the air to finish tough contested layups, reverse layups and when stretching out to slam home tough lob passes. He has the potential to develop into a solid rebounding guard as well.
Areas for Improvement:
Changes of Speed – He possesses very good athleticism but typically moves at his own pace, which isn’t always bad. However, his smooth approach to creating offensively works very well now, but at the next level he’ll have to attack defenses harder. Defensively, he’ll have to sprint back harder at the next level to avoid giving up easy layups. Must also do a better job of picking up point guards the full length of the floor and keeping pressure on the opposing ball-handlers. With his length and quick hands, he could become a reliable pesky defender.
Passing – He’s very unselfish, but he could work to improve his passing ability. Has impressive ball-handling ability, so gaining experience running an offense and learning to mix it up more will take his offensive game to a new level. He already draws a ton of attention to himself due to his shooting ability combined with his deft ball-handling, so attempting more kick-out passes and working to perfect the pick and roll will be a great addition to his overall game.
Don’t be surprised if Josh turns some heads on the AAU Circuit and picks up a few D1 offers this summer. His shooting ability should stand-out as well as his long frame and ability to create. Bigtime sleeper prospect and would be a flat out steal for a strong D2 school.
Video Credits: Nash Central High School
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