November 23, 1933|
|Died||September, 1979 (aged 45)|
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|High school||St. Mary's (Berkeley, California)|
|College||San Francisco (1951–1955)|
|NBA draft||1955 / Round: 2 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mullen, a 6'5 forward from St. Mary's College High School in Berkeley, California, played college basketball at the University of San Francisco from 1951 to 1955. At USF, Mullen teamed with future Hall of Fame center Bill Russell in the frontcourt to bring home the first of the Dons' consecutive national titles in 1955. Mullen was a key player for the team, averaging 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game and earning AP honorable mention All-America honors that year. He was also named to the All-Western Regional team in the tournament.
After graduating from USF, Mullen was drafted in the second round (13th pick overall) of the 1955 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. However, Mullen chose instead to continue his basketball career in the Amateur Athletic Union, playing for the Wichita Vickers for six seasons. The Vickers won the AAU title in 1959 with Mullen playing a key reserve role.
After his AAU playing days were over, Jerry Mullen returned to his California for a career in sales and consulting. He died in September 1979 at the age of 45.
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