By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer
Ask anyone who has been around the Greater Beckley Christian program the last two years and they’ll all agree, Keith Mullins is a special young man.
To his teammates, he’s a shooter. To his coaches, he’s a leader. To his parents, he’s a son. And to his brother Chase, he’s a hero.
That’s what makes tonight’s WVADA North-South Basketball Classic so special for Mullins. It will bring to a close one of the top basketball careers in Greater Beckley Christian School history.
Faced with the chance of playing basketball in college, Mullins has decided to decline the opportunity, choosing instead to focus on his dream of becoming a physical therapist. He’ll enroll in classes at Concord University in the fall and major in biology.
“I had a few offers from some schools to come and play there, but I wanted to focus on my major and my studies,” Mullins said.
Mullins will look to go out with a bang, when he joins forces with former George Washington teammate Luke Eddy, future Mountaineer Brett Morris and two-time state champions Mikey Newsome and Austin Brewer of Tug Valley to battle for state supremacy against a loaded North roster, which features the WVSWA Player of the Year Donte Grantham and Fairmont Senior’s Travon Horton and Shaquille Washington.
“It’s a great experience playing with all the great players in the state of West Virginia,” Mullins said. “Most of the kids I’m playing with I already knew from when I was at George Washington and living in Charleston.”
Mullins may go down as one of the top Crusaders to ever pick up a basketball. The 6-foot-1 guard averaged 19.1 points per game this season, draining 73 3-pointers in the process. He surpassed 1,000 career points in just two seasons with GBC, becoming one of just a handful of players to do so.
“I had a great coaching staff and great teammates that welcomed me when I transferred there from George Washington,” Mullins said. “It was such an honor.”
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The WVADA North-South Basketball classic will begin at 6:15 p.m. tonight at the South Charleston Community Center in South Charleston with a free throw, dunk and 3-point competition. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m.