Big Man Sets Big Goals For McDonald’s All-American Game

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Canal Winchester’s B.J. Mullens will particpate in the McDonald’s All-American Game tonight
He’ll be the biggest player on the floor for the 31st Annual McDonald’s
All-American game tonight in Milwaukee and he’s set some big
goals for his effort. Ohio State recruit B.J. Mullens would like to exceed Sam Perkins’
record of 24 rebounds set in 1980 and Ralph Sampson’s record of 10
blocks set in 1979. “One of the reporters said he didn’t think I could get there but I said don’t speak just yet,” Mullens said.


He’ll be the biggest player on the floor for the 31st Annual McDonald’s All-American game Wednesday night in Milwaukee and he’s set some big goals for his effort.

Ohio State recruit B.J. Mullens would like to exceed Sam Perkins’ record of 24 rebounds set in 1980 and Ralph Sampson’s record of 10 blocks set in 1979.

“One of the reporters said he didn’t think I could get there but I said don’t speak just yet,” Mullens said.

“I may have to slide some boys some money to come in a little late on some shots and my shooting percentage may be down,” he joked. “I’ll do my best going for it.”

Whether or not the records come Wednesday night at the Bradley Center, the all-star week has been a big event for Mullens.

“We went to the Ronald McDonald house and helped the kids. It was a big deal for them and will be something I remember for the rest of my life,” Mullens said.

The players did arts and crafts, played some basketball, signed autographs and ate lunch with the kids at the house. Mullens’ specialty was making a key chain.

“It was a little deal to me but means a lot to those kids,” he said. “It put a smile on their faces and they don’t get many chances to smile. I was happy I could do that for them.”

About the only part of the week Mullens hasn’t enjoyed as he would have liked was Monday night’s JamFest.

“I wish I would have got in the dunk contest but I had a little mishap in practice. I was on a fast break and a guy reached in to try and get the ball and I got an elbow in the thigh,” he said. “But everything happens for a reason.”

Other than that, it’s been a good week.

“We’re getting treated like kings,” Mullens said. “And it’s one of the last weekends I’ll get a chance to spend with the players around here.”

Mullens will be going against William Buford out of Toledo in the game before joining him at Ohio State for next season.

“I think I would have liked to be on the East team to play with William. But I’m going to be with William in New York (for the Michael Jordan all-star game) and at college,” Mullens said. “It’ll be great battling against him.”

The 31st Annual McDonald’s All-American boys game will tip off at 9:30 Wednesday night and be seen on ESPN.

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