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Former OSU star Mullens gets traded to Charlotte Bobcats


Byron Mullens (NBA photo)

Former Ohio State center Byron Mullens may have received the break he’s been waiting for; a trade.

The Charlotte Bobcats acquired the 22-year-old native of Canal Winchester, Ohio from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2013 second-round draft choice.

The Bobcats hope he can pickup the void left by the loss of Kwame Brown, who left to sign with Golden State Warriors.

The 7-foot, 275-pound Mullens had an up-and-down player with the Thunder. He could not crack the regular or backup rotation playing behind Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed and Cole Aldrich and spent time in the NBA Developmental League with Tulsa more than in Oklahoma City.

He only played in 26 games the last two seasons.

Info compiled from Oklahoma City Thunder & Charlotte Bobcats news


Mullens up-and-down career goes to the minors

Byron Mullens (file photo)

When Byron Mullens left Ohio State as B.J. Mullens, NBA scouts said that he needed to stay at least one to two more years to develop. He needed to get stronger in all aspects of his game and even wasn’t even an every game starter.

But Mullens, like most players with his talent, only sees the money end of the NBA and not the reality of it.

Mullens has had a rocky road with the the Oklahoma Thunder.

A few days ago, the second-year center from Ohio State was sent to the minors to play for the 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 Cole Aldrich from the D-League.

Mullens, the 24th overall pick in the 2009 draft, played 27 games in the minors last season.

compiled from staff, Oklahoma City Thunder & NBA Development League news

Turner selected First Team Associated Press All-American

compiled from staff, wire reports and Ohio State Athletics

The 2009-2010 Associated Press All-American basketball was announced on Monday and it includes two freshman.

Kentucky’s John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins join Ohio State junior Evan Turner, Syracuse junior Wes Johnson and Villanova senior Scottie Reynolds.

With the 2008-2009 season passing and no freshman being selected, Wall and Cousins are the ninth set of teammates to be selected and the first since Duke’s J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams in 2006.

The 6’4 Wall averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists.

The 6″11 Cousins became one of the nation’s top big men and was the only player selected to the team who averaged a  double-double with 15.3 points and 10.1 rebounds. Wall and Cousins helped the Wildcats reach number 1 for one week.

Ohio State's Evan Turner (osu)

As a 6’7 point guard, Turner is considered to be one of the best all-around players in recent seasons, received all but one first-team vote from the 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.  Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December.  The Buckeyes went .500 without him and then went on to the Big Ten title when he returned. Says Turner, “I’m definitely honored to be a part of a team like that and to be recognized. It’s really cool.”

Wall received 62 votes, while Johnson had 45, Reynolds 32 and Cousins 26 in voting conducted before the NCAA tournament.

Johnson, a transfer from Iowa State became an instant star with Syracuse this season.  The 6’7 forward averaged 16.0 points and 8.4 rebounds in leading the Orange to its number 1 ranking since 1990.

The 6’2 Reynolds averaged 18.5 points and shot 40 percent from 3-point range in becoming Villanova’s go-to-player with several spectacular second-half efforts.

James Anderson of Oklahoma State was sixth in the balloting with 27 votes and was joined on the second team by Sherron Collins of Kansas, Greivis Vasquez of Maryland, Jon Scheyer of Duke and Da’Sean Butler of West Virginia.

The third team was Greg Monroe of Georgetown, Cole Aldrich of Kansas, Damion James from Texas, Luke Harangody from Notre Dame and Darington Hobson of New Mexico.

Kansas Jayhawks get past Texas Tech to secure its 2,000th win

#1 Kansas reached a major milestone on Thursday and only two other programs can make the claim.

By beating Texas Tech in the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Kansas City, Missouri, the Jayhawks join Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2,000 wins club.

Cole Aldrich Kansas (AP)

Leaning on their two star players, Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, Kansas struggled but won, 80-68. Aldrich had 12 rebounds, 18 points and dominated the game defensively by altering shots by Texas Tech’s inside players. Despite foul trouble, Collins scored 19 points and handed out six assists.