A year ago at this time Braylon Mullins had one offer — his father’s alma mater IUPUI.
While a source of pride given the family connection, he knew he had the potential for more.
So playing for Indiana Elite on the Adidas 3SSB Circuit, Mullins decided to just play free this summer, put it all on the line, and see where that took him.
“Going into this summer I felt like there was really nothing to lose, so I just played hard all of the time and tried to impress coaches, and I feel like I did that more towards the end of the summer,” Mullins told The Daily Hoosier. “I’m definitely grateful for all of it, and I had a great time this summer and I can’t wait for next year.”
A wave of high major offers have followed over the last couple months. Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Iowa, Cincinnati, and at least nine mid-majors have offered. Mullins also entered the national rankings this week as a top-100 4-star prospect.
Others like Illinois, Ohio State, and Kentucky are involved. And on Friday, IU formally entered the mix.
What have the coaches noticed about the Greenfield, Ind. shooting guard?
“I guess I’m known for shooting, and they really like how I shot the ball this summer,” Mullins said. “Also, I have a natural 6-foot-5 frame, and I feel like a lot of people don’t play defense and I take pride a little bit on defense. Definitely those things showed out for me and I had a good summer overall.”
Mullins says he has primarily been talking to IU assistant coach Brian Walsh and recruiting coordinator Jordan Hulls. He got to meet the full staff during a campus visit in Bloomington on Friday, and the IU players stopped by to talk to him as well.
“It was great, I had a great time,” Mullins said of his IU unofficial visit. “The coaches presented everything well to me. I toured campus, I talked with each coach, I talked with the strength and conditioning coach too.”
Mullins said he was also able to watch some parts of team workouts, including shooting and defensive drills.
An Indiana native and self-described “Indiana kid,” Mullins knows all about this history and traditions of the top in-state programs. He said he’s trying to focus on what each program is all about right now, and he’s noticed some things at IU that have made an impression.
“I definitely look at the culture piece, and I feel like IU has a culture,” Mullins told The Daily Hoosier. “That really stood out on the visit. And I like the style of play Coach Woodson has. When it’s all said and done, it (IU) is definitely an option.”
Mullins will be back at IU next month for Hoosier Hysteria on Oct. 20.
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