MULLENS TO JOIN GB’S OLYMPIC TILT
- Updated: February 29, 2012
NBA star Byron Mullens is set to join Great Britain’s challenge at this summer’s Olympic Games, MVP has learnt.
The seven-foot Charlotte Bobcats centre, who was born in Ohio, is currently averaging almost ten points per game in his third year in the league.
With his mother hailing from Middlesex, the 23-year-old is understood to have completed the formalities of acquiring his British passport.
And he looks a certainty to be included in GB coach Chris Finch’s initial squad that will begin its preparations with training camp in Houston in June.
Mullens posted a photo of his passport on Twitter and stated: “I will be in London this summer! 2012 summer Olympics.”
His impending arrival has been endorsed by prospective GB team-mate Luol Deng, who revealed he has already spoken to Mullens about joining him on national duty.
“When we played against Charlotte, I spoke to him a little bit and he seemed really excited,” the NBA All Star told MVP247.com.
However Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison and Memphis Grizzlies forward Dante Cunningham have both been ruled ineligible to compete for Britain after an investigation by British Basketball officials into their ancestral ties failed to prove their case to receive UK citizenship.