The Windy City Bulls made Windsor’s Mychal Mulder a first-round pick in Saturday’s NBA G League Draft.
The 23-year-old Mulder, who finished his collegiate career with the University of Kentucky Wildcats earlier this year, was the ninth overall pick in the draft.
“I’m super excited to be able to continue my basketball career,” Mulder said. “It’s been a goal of mine to play professionally and this gives me a chance to achieve that goal.”
A six-foot-four, 185- pound guard, Mulder helped Catholic Central high school to an OFSAA boys’ basketball title in 2013 before moving on to Vincennes University. After two years at Vincennes, he finished up his career with two seasons at Kentucky.
In his senior season, Mulder averaged 6.5 points per game for the Wildcats while shooting 45.6 per cent from the field and 40.4 per cent from the three-point line.
“I had some NBA workouts earlier in the year,” said Mulder, who played with the Toronto Raptors’ Summer League team. “So, I’m close, and I’m going to try and keep knocking on the door.”
He looks to friend Alfonzo McKinnie for inspiration. McKinnie played for Windy City a year ago and is now on the Raptors’ roster.
“I spoke to some (NBA) teams,” Mulder said. “I was close and I might as well stay in North American and see if I can get in the league.”
Mulder was headed to Chicago on Sunday and the club, which is the top affiliate team of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, begins training camp on Monday.
“I was lucky to play for the Raptors in the summer,” Mulder said. “I did have to put my name in for the (G League) Draft, but I was hoping to play close to home and now I get that opportunity.”