HoopsHype BJ Mullens rumors

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Mullens played a freshman season at OSU (when he was known as B.J.) before being selected No. 24 overall in the 2009 draft by the Dallas Mavericks, who then immediately traded him to Oklahoma City. “I probably would have been a higher pick (in 2008) because of the hype I had coming out of high school,” Mullens said. “But college helped me a lot. I’m kind of glad the rule was in because I got to be on campus and experience college life and make great friends. “It’s a good rule. It gives kids another year to grow and mature.” Buckeye Xtra Sports

Everyone’s choices are limited by the NBA draft rule. Sitting out a year or playing overseas works better in theory than in reality. “The only real way to get to the NBA is to go to college,” said ESPN college basketball commentator Jay Bilas. Just ask Mullens. Looking back, he’s glad he went to Ohio State for a year, but he wishes the options were open for everyone coming out of high school. “Guys should have the right to make their own decision,” he said. Buckeye Xtra Sports

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The Oklahoma City Thunder center who last month signed with the Greek basketball club Panionios had a change of heart and decided to come back home. “Felt out of the loop not being with my team here,” Mullens said via text message after landing in Ohio on Sunday night. Mullens left for Athens on Sept. 21. But infrequent games in the Greek League, coupled with a desire to participate with his Thunder teammates in organized voluntary workouts helped lead to his decision to return. Oklahoman

Mullens’ contract with Panionios had a termination clause that would have allowed him to return if the NBA lockout was lifted. “We enjoyed it,” said Mullens, who traveled to Athens with his newlywed wife, Sharissa. “But at the end of the day, it wasn’t worth not being here with my crew.” Oklahoman

Scott Schroeder: Byron Mullens was replaced by Marreese Speights in Greece, by the way. He apparently left on his own, judging from my last retweet. Twitter

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Byron Mullens signed a one-year contract with Greek team Panionios. The deal has an NBA out to exercise at the end of the lockout. Mullens has played 12 games with Oklahoma City Thunder last season averaging 2.1ppg and 2rpg and was sent also to Tulsa 66ers in NBDL with whom he recorded averages of 14.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4bpg in 14 games. Sportando

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The Oklahoma City Thunder have assigned second-year center Byron Mullens to their Tulsa affiliate in the NBA Development League. Mullens has played a total of 14 minutes in five games this season for the Thunder, who recently recalled rookie center Cole Aldrich from the D-League. NBA.com

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