DEVELOPING NEWS: Mount Si’s Mullins makes school history, receives four NCAA Division I scholarship offers on the same day

We have breaking news this afternoon into the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. In what frankly is a first for Mount Si High School athletics, a top athlete has received not one, not two, but three, yes, three NCAA Division I college scholarship offers on the same day. (UPDATE: Make that four, see below.)

Mount Si High School boys basketball player Jabe Mullins (in mid-air, center) dunks the basketball during a Wildcat boys’ hoops game with Skyline, won by Mount Si, this past season. Mullins today received three NCAA Division I college scholarship offers. (Rhett Workman/SVSJ file photo)

Senior-to-be boys’ basketball star Jabe Mullins is the young man who has received those offers. Mount Si’s boys’ basketball program made the official announcements of all of the offers throughout the day on their Twitter feed. Mullins has been offered by West Coast Conference schools the University of San Diego and the University of Portland, and also by Washington State University, of the Pac-12. Here’s a quick look at all three schools.

-WSU is the second Pac-12 school to offer Mullins a scholarship, joining Oregon State University, who offered the Wildcat player one following his successful efforts at OSU’s summer tournament a few weeks ago. They, as you know, have a new coach, having hired Kyle Smith, the former head coach at the University of San Francisco, earlier this spring after WSU and their former coach, Ernie Kent, parted ways. Mullins’ brother, Isaac, is a baseball player there with the Cougars and is anticipated to be back for his senior season there next spring.

-The University of Portland is no stranger to Mount Si High School fans, with many Wildcats paying attention to the Pilots several years ago as on the team at that time was 2010 Mount Si High School grad Tanner Riley. Riley’s career was so-so with UoP, but the program has changed markedly since Riley was there, most notably with the coaching staff; then-head coach Eric Reveno was Riley’s coach with the Pilots, but he has since moved on and was replaced by Portland Trail Blazers NBA legend Terry Porter. They are a chief WCC rival to Gonzaga but the program has struggled to establish consistent success, only going 7-25 this past season.

-The Pilots’ conference rival from San Diego, the Toreros, have likewise had challenges trying to gain consistent footing in the conference standings, but they do have the advantage of being in a warm weather location -southern California – which might be appealing to Mullins. The program is coached by second-year head man Sam Scholl, who replaced longtime head man – and former Gonzaga assistant – Bill Grier in that position. They went 21-15 this past season and ended up in the National Invitational Tournament, the postseason tournament one level below NCAA’s “March Madness” tourney, so things are looking up there and as such, Mullins might also find that part appealing as well.

It is likely all three of these schools chose to make offers following Mullins’ efforts this past weekend down at the Section 7 Team Camp Tournament in Phoenix. As you know, he had a couple of very stellar games in that event, in which Mount Si went 2-2.

The offers Mullins landed today follow the one yesterday his teammate Tyler Patterson received; to review, he received his from fellow NCAA Division I Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, from the Big West Conference.

The SVSJ offers its congrats to Mullins on receiving these offers!

UPDATE, 5:35PM: Just as we posted our initial story, Mullins landed another Division I offer, this his fourth on the day. This one, though, is a little different than the others, likely as much about his academics as it is about his athletic success.

Mount Si’s program took to Twitter again to announce that Mullins received the offer from northern California’s Stanford University. Stanford, as you all know, is a Pac-12 school, so they’re now the third Pac-12 school, following the two offers we mentioned earlier – from WSU earlier today and from Oregon State earlier this month, to make such an offer. Stanford is, as you probably know also, is a very hard school academically to get into, so this particular offer is as much very likely about his academics, which we have been told in the past are similar in quality to his former teammate Jonny Barrett, who used his strong classroom performance to aid his going to Dartmouth in the Ivy League this fall.

Busy day today but a very good one for Mr. Mullins. He’s going to have a big decision ahead of him that’s for sure.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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