In the second half of his second and final season at Kentucky, Mychal Mulder has found a way to consistently contribute in an unusual position: power forward.
John Calipari has tried a four-guard lineup a few times, finding success when Mulder fights. As Malik Monk battled foul trouble against Arkansas, Mulder played nine minutes and knocked down a pair of threes.
“I loved the fact that he fought and didn’t give an inch,” Calipari said today. “He battles. He wasn’t afraid. He makes us different.”
When Mulder entered the game, Kentucky extended their lead. Describing it as a “great opportunity,” Mulder showcased his ability to defend forwards, something he did in junior college.
“In junior college I got to do that a little on that team. I had that kind of experience in the past,” Mulder said. “In my second year I played the four a little bit. We didn’t really have a huge team that year, so I had the opportunity to play the four a little bit and see what I can do down there.”
That experience paid off.
“As a guard trying to guard a big like that — especially that guy, he was a pretty big guy — I was just trying to keep the ball away from him. Try to front him as much as I can, fight for rebounds, fight for position. As long as you’re fighting I think you’ll be fine.”
And as long as Mulder keeps fighting, Calipari will keep playing him as Kentucky’s guard/forward.
Hear everything Mulder and Dominque Hawkins had to say after the jump.