Cougs bring Mullins back home to Washington
PULLMAN, Wash. – Hitting the transfer portal for the first time in the off season, Washington State head men's basketball coach Kyle Smith has announced the addition of former Saint Mary's guard Jabe Mullins (Snoqualmie, Wash.). Mullins, the 2020 4A Washington State Player of the Year, comes back home to the Evergreen State after playing his first two seasons with the Gaels in California. Mullins is the third official signing for 2022-23 joining freshmen Adrame Diongue and the most recent 4A Washington State Player of the Year, Dylan Darling.
"We feel blessed that Jabe has decided to continue his college career at Washington State," said Smith. "He is a former 4A player of the year and a state champ. As a player he fits our profile with his size and skill. He can play either position in the backcourt with the ability to get others involved and the ability to make shots."
The No. 1 recruit in the state of Washington in 2020, Mullins chose to begin his college career at Saint Mary's after graduating from Mount Si High School. In two seasons in Moraga, Mullins saw action in 53 games including playing in all 34 contests in 2021-22 off the bench a veteran laden Gaels squad. Playing either guard spot, Mullins helped SMC to a 26-8 overall record and the team's 11th trip to the NCAA Tournament where they would beat Indiana in the opening round of the tournament. In all, the 6-6 guard shot 41% from the floor and 37% from deep while playing just under 10 minutes per game as a sophomore. The year prior, Mullins saw action in 19 games while starting 11 times as a true freshman.
Prior to heading to Moraga Mullins led Mount Si to the 4A state title for the first time since 1977. He was a four-time All-KingCo 4A selection, two-time MVP, state tournament MVP, and finally the state player of the year. As a senior he averaged 19.2 points, 6.8 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.2 blocks and set a Class 4A state tournament record for assists in a game with 14.
"Jabe is an achiever and a winner," continued Smith. "He comes from terrific college and high school programs. He has been places we would like to go with our program. We are thrilled that he has found his way home. Jabe is someone Coug nation can get behind. Go Cougs!"