Having a scholarship is something Mullins hoped he’d get, but the response from Coach Osborne about what kind of role he might play in his first season as a Pioneer was music to his ears.
“Coach Osborne told me and these are his exact words, he said if I come in there and shoot the ball even halfway decent I’ll get the minutes to be contending for freshman of the year,” said Mullins, who carries a near 3.9 GPA.
“I didn’t think I was going to get (the opportunity for) that much time, but if he intends on playing me that much I’m fine with that. They just told me they needed someone to come shoot the ball and I can do that for them. I’ll shoot it.”
A planned education major, Mullins wants to earn his degree and probably head back to Jackson County to teach and hopefully coach at some point.
Currently, Mullins has helped the Red Devils to a 2-0 start and was a key contributor on Ravenswood’s first state championship basketball team in 2005-06.
Shooting the rock is definitely one of his specialties, considering he led the Mountain State in 3-pointers made last year with 102 and managed to drain them at a 46-percent clip. His 23.4 points per game average as a junior ranked him seventh in the state. He also shot 89 percent from the foul line last winter.
“He’s had two or three opportunities to go places,” said RHS veteran head coach Mick Price. “I wish the best for him.
“But, I’m not wishing him anything until we get through this year. He’s got a lot of unfinished work to do right now.”
Mullins, who ranks third on the all-time Red Devil career scoring list, is poised to break Brett Rector’s all-time 3-pointers made record of 252. He entered the year with 236. His 102 treys made last year were a school record.
“Whenever I went up there I noticed their campus was a lot nicer than I thought it was,” noted the reigning Little Kanawha Conference player of the year. “I thought it was kind of an out in the middle of nowhere kind of school, but when I actually got on campus it was pretty nice.
“I started hanging out with the team and they are really good guys. There’s not really a better school to go to for education. Plus, the money they were offering me there was no way I could turn it down.”
Another thing that didn’t hurt Osborne in gaining his first recruit for the class of 2008 was Mullins’ personal life.
“I’m already kind of seeing a girl from Glenville,” Mullins admitted. “She’s the leading scorer on their basketball team — Mallory Menendez — and she’s a very hard worker, very hard worker.
“I know as soon as I get there I’ll be going to the gym all the time. Plus, being in Glenville it’s not like there’s a big mall nearby so whenever you are in Glenville there’s nothing better to do than go shoot the ball. That’s what I say anyway.”
That’s exactly why Glenville State recruited him.
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Ravenswood senior Dusty Mullins, who led the state in 3-pointers last year, is the main scoring threat for the Red Devils this season.