The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

High School Sports

March 1, 2014

Huntington Prep set for 3 p.m. game in Mullens

BECKLEY — There have been many legendary players to pass through the halls, leading to the gym in the old Mullens High School, currently home to Mullens Middle School.

Today, a group of players with college and professional basketball dreams will also call the home of the Rebels their own.

USA Today No. 7-ranked Huntington Prep will travel to Wyoming County today to take on Bull City Prep out of Durham, N.C.

The game serves as a homecoming for Prep coach Rob Fulford, who graduated from Mullens High School in 1991.

Friday, Fulford took his squad to his old stomping grounds for practice, which turned into a history lesson on Wyoming County basketball.

“They have pictures on the wall of all the past state champions,” Fulford said. “So I was telling them a lot about them. There were the 1982 state champions. We actually wore their uniforms through my high school career. And the 1972 team, their uniforms were our freshman uniforms. It was just a great place to grow up and play basketball. I just want to make sure they understand that even though the town is small, its produced two NBA players and countless college players.”

Producing NBA and college players is something Fulford seems to be doing with Prep. Former Irish star and current Kansas Jayhawk Andrew Wiggins is projected by many to be the No. 1 pick in this summer’s NBA draft. His current roster is littered with D1 prospects, including Raleigh County’s own Levi Cook, who will attend WVU. The former Liberty Raider transferred to Huntington Prep during the summer.

Fulford is pleased with the progress he’s seeing from the young big man.

“The biggest thing we need to get from Levi is consistency,” he said. “The day to day consistency is huge. He’s a great rebounder. The next day he’s great at posting up. The next day he’s running the floor. It’s baby steps. We’re trying to get all of it together and force those habits.”

The Irish are on a 14-game winning streak since the Christmas break, thanks largely in part to the play of Jalen Lindsey.

“He is our most consistent player,” Fulford said of the Providence commit. “We’ve made him our defensive guy and lockdown defender. It’s really given him a role on the team. It’s helped him with his offense. He’s coming off of a career high for us and been playing great. He always gets the opposing team’s best guard and he’s done a good job with it.”

Prep will travel home Sunday and take on Legacy Charter out of South Carolina in the Irish’s senior night.

After that, a possible date with the ESPN National Tournament awaits.

Tip-off today will be at 3 p.m. at Mullens Middle School. Tickets will be available at the door for $10.

— E-mail: jrollins@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter at @JDanielRollins.

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