Last night Mychal Mulder had the best game of his career. The Canadian Junior College transfer scored a career-high 13 points. Mulder knocked down 3 three-pointers, grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked a shot.
Mulder’s best performance happened under pressure.
“Mychal in practice really shoots the ball. In games he shoots them, he just doesn’t make them,” Calipari said on tonight’s call-in show.
Cal tried to solve the problem by giving Mulder more opportunities to knock down shots. Before the game, Calipari spoke with Mulder and Dominique Hawkins. Cal told them he was going to let Mulder be the first guard off the bench. To stay in the game, all Mulder had to do was defend and rebound.
That’s all he did to start. By Cal’s count, Mulder missed his first three shots. “A year ago, done, stick a fork in him,” Cal said.
Refusing to let this opportunity go, Cal tested him. He called a play to set up a shot for Mulder. Mulder didn’t disappoint. He knocked down the shot and didn’t look back.
Moving forward, Calipari said he plans on giving Mulder more opportunities as the first guard off the bench, but last night was special for Mulder — his mother got to see him do it from the stands.