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Jerry Mullen

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Jerry Mullen
Personal information
Born November 23, 1933
Berkeley, California
Died September, 1979 (aged 45)
Nationality American
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Career information
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
Pro career 1955–1961
Position Forward
Number 14
Career history
1955–1961 Wichita Vickers
Career highlights and awards

Jerry Mullen (November 23, 1933 – September, 1979) was an American basketball player. He was an All-American at the University of San Francisco and a second round draft pick of the New York Knicks.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Johnson, James W. (2009). The Dandy Dons. Bison Books. ISBN 0-8032-7117-4. 
  2. ^ Grundman, Adolph H. (2004). The Golden Age of Amateur Basketball: The AAU tournament, 1921-1968. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0803271174. 


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