Last weekend BYU got a good look at one of the league's best centers when the Cougars met up with UTEP's 7-foot Greg Foster. Stay tuned. There's more to come.
The Cougars are back in the Marriott Center to host San Diego State, a team off to a running start in WAC play. Leading the Aztecs is 6-10, 250-pound center Mitch McMullen - the big one that got away. Thursday's contest begins at 7:30 p.m."He is a powerful center inside and he stays right in on the blocks there and presents a bulk problem for us," said BYU Coach Ladell Andersen. "He posts up and posts up and posts up, and pretty soon he gets in there for a shot. It's hard to say if this guy is the best or that guy is the best, but you just hope it's not his best night when you play them."
BYU originally signed McMullen to a national letter of intent prior to his graduation from high school. But he changed his mind and decided to go to Abilene Christian. McMullen didn't play at Abilene Christian, but eventually transferred to Point Loma Nazarene, then to SDSU.
Since coming to the Aztecs McMullen has put on weight and developed into an imposing center. He is averaging 17.1 points a game (ninth in the WAC) and 8.9 rebounds (fourth in WAC). McMullen scored 29 points in the Aztecs' 103-92 loss to North Carolina and the same in a 102-88 victory over Cal-Irvine. He has led the club in scoring seven times and in rebounding eight.
McMullen and the Aztecs have produced an 8-4 record this year, having won four of their past five games. Last weekend the Aztecs whipped Colorado State 62-57 and Air Force 64-61 at home to go to 2-0 in league play.
BYU (5-6, 0-2) comes into the game still hoping to recover from last weekend's losses - both in games and injuries. The Cougars will again be playing without injured Andy Toolson. Andersen got a good performance from freshman John Fish against UTEP (eight rebounds, four points), and said he expects to use Fish again.