LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball team has added standout junior-college transfer Mychal Mulder to its already highly-rated 2015 signing class. Mulder signed a national letter of intent earlier this month and will join fall signees Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere and Charles Matthews for the 2015-16 season.
Mulder is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard from Windsor, Ontario. He averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while connecting on 46.3 percent of his field goals from 3-point range as a sophomore at Vincennes University. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” said head coach John Calipari (pictured). “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he’s shared, yet he was still rewarded as a First Team All-American. He fits our program.”
A knockdown 3-pointer shooter with terrific athleticism, Mulder is rated as the No. 18 junior college prospect and the No. 5 junior college shooting guard by 247Sports. Mulder earned junior college All-America honors this past season while leading Vincennes University to a 33-2 during his sophomore season. During his freshman campaign, he averaged 8.6 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 38.3 percent from long range. He was originally a member of the 2013 class and was considered a top-10 prospect out of Canada at the time.
“A lot of great people recruited me and I had a lot of things to really weigh, but I just thought, at the end of the day, playing at Kentucky is probably my best chance of continuing my career after college,” Mulder said when he announced his commitment in late April. “I hope to play professionally one day, and I felt like that would probably be my best opportunity.”
Mulder is the first junior college addition to a Calipari team since Eloy Vargas joined the roster prior to the 2010-11 season. He joins Trey Lyles as recent Canadian-born players to join the Kentucky program.
“I think I’ll fit in well,” Mulder said of joining UK. “I’m going to bring a winning attitude that I learned (at Vincennes University) and try to carry over there. I know (Kentucky is) all about winning and that’s something I try to be all about too, so I’m going to try to carry that over and try to make an impact the best I can.”
Kentucky’s 2015 recruiting class is currently regarded as a Top 3 recruiting class by most major outlets. It marks the seventh consecutive recruiting class under Calipari to earn a Top 3 ranking.
Photo by Chet White/UK Athletics