Mansfield Sports

Timberview boys hoops standout living up to his name

With a name like Chris Mullins, a strong basketball gene is likely in the woodpile.

That is certainly the case with a Timberview boys basketball standout who recently scored 25 points in a game against Summit and who has been the leading scorer for the Wolves throughout the season.

Coach Duane Gregory said that Mullins brings a lot to the team.

“He’s our most experienced returner from last year,” Gregory said. “He’s the only returning starter. On this team, that’s important, because we are so inexperienced. He’s one of our best perimeter defenders, transitions well. He has a knack for getting open and sees the game pretty well. He has a good sense of the game, and he’s a humble guy.”

Mullins said that he tries to maintain a positive attitude and do what he can to help the team win.

“I bring experience from last year, and I try to help control the game both offensively and defensively,” Mullins said.

The Timberview sophomore said that he feels really good about this year’s squad and said the believes that the Wolves are capable of doing some good things.

“I feel that we are a really good team,” Mullins said. “Even though we are extremely young, I feel that we can still make a run. I think we can make some noise this year in our district.”

Mullins said that the team goal for this season is to win state and said he has a personal goal as well.

“I would like to do the best that I can to help the team every night,” Mullins said. “And that may not be scoring. That might be getting ball to people or making stops defensively. I just want to be the person who will do what’s need.”

Mullins counts cooking and music among his great passions and said that for his team to have a successful season and make a good postseason run, it will take a few things.

“We have to play as a team, and enjoy each others company on and off the court,” Mullins said.

As to whether or not his game resembles that of the great Golden State small forward/shooting guard, Mullins said, a little, but Gregory said that the name has garnered some attention.

“He is so far in the past, I’m not sure that the players even know who he is,” Gregory said. “But the adults comment on it all the time.”

Mullins’ Favorites

Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant

Favorite Sports Team: LA Lakers

Favorite Food: Chicken

Favorite Movie: Straight Outta Compton

Favorite TV Show: Sports Center

Book Currently Reading: Things Fall Apart

Favorite Musical Group or Performer: Drake