One visit is all Bryan Mullins, the No. 25 ranked point guard in the country, needed to know that Southern Illinois was the right fit for him. Mullins, 6-foot, 180-pounds, from Downers Grove South (Ill.) High School, is looking forward to running the show for the Missouri Valley powerhouse.
“Southern Illinois was always up there around one or two throughout this whole process,” said Mullins. “I just needed to go down there and hang out with the players, visit with the coaches, and spend some time on the campus. The visit answered any questions or concerns we might have had.”
Strong, quick, and competitive, Mullins is a defensive stopper on either guard position and is a very good ball handler and passer who knows how to run a team. Not a pure shooter, Mullins can score when needed. More importantly, however, he makes up for any shooting deficiency with his heady, skilled, and hard nosed approach to the game. It is this approach that he plans to take to Carbondale, Ill.
“They don’t have a true point guard right now,” he said. “They have some very good guards who are scoring guards. I will bring more of a true point guard’s mentality and provide leadership on the court and try to be a coach on the floor, get the team into the offense, and make the right pass at the right time.”
Mullins, who averaged 13 points, 6.5 assists, and 5 steals per game as a junior, did a tremendous job running the point for the Illinois Wolves this summer. He lead the Wolves to a 22-1 record during the month of July.