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Mullins pops on Signing Day, Headed to the Ivy League

Posted on 09. Nov, 2011 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight


National Signing Day has always been a celebration of one achieving his dream.  For a prospect's parents there is nothing more rewarding than watching your son sign a piece of paper that will grant him a college education and provide him with limitless future opportunities.  For Grant Mullins, those opportunities will be plentiful as today he committed to Columbia Universiity in the Ivy League.  


According to Grant, "I'm very excited to be a Columbia Lion next year.  With a brand new coaching staff, I feel Columbia basketball is on the rise.  The basketball combined with the academics made it my number one choice."

Relationships always play a major part in recruiting and this one was no different.  "About a year ago at this time coach Altman started recruiting me.  Since then, three of the coaches have come for home visits.  I have developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff and feel comfortable playing there for the next four years." 

For Grant everyday has been a learning process and there have been a lot of people help him to accomplish this goal.  "Playing for Tarry Upshaw and REDA for two years definitely made me a better player.  Working everyday against guys like (Creighton sophomore) Jahenns Manigat and (Long Island freshman) Troy Joseph really pushed me to the limits. Also, playing for coach Ro and Grassroots was a great experience and really helped my exposure."  

This fall, Grant was the starting point guard for the *A*Game Men's Development Team.  It's a concept which pairs ex-pro's and high school kids together vs some of the best University teams in Ontario.  "Playing for *A*Game allowed me to play against and with some of the best players around.  The older guys on our team have been where I am trying to go, so I was able to learn a lot from them.  Coach Stu gave me a lot of freedom on the court and with basic sets we were able to read and create ourselves.  Playing with such smart players made it easy to achieve an undefeated season," said Grant.

How does Grant see himself fitting in? "I think I fit coach Smith's offense really well.  Columbia's offense is very fast paced.  There are a lot of transition ball screens and they shoot a lot of threes. My ability to shoot and make plays passing the ball made it a good fit."

Grant chose Columbia over Princeton, Colgate, Northeastern, Simon Fraser, McMaster, and Toronto.  He'll sign his NLI at some point today or tomorrow.  He becomes the 11th Division 1 commitment thus far out of Canada's class of 2012.  















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