Washington State basketball secures former hometown star

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State Cougars recently announced a hometown star is returning to the Evergreen State.

WSU head men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith announced the addition of former Washington State Player of the Year Jabe Mullins. He was born and raised in Snoqualmie, Washington.

The former Gael played his first two college seasons with Saint Mary’s, but hit the transfer portal this offseason and plans to play in Pullman next year. Mullins is the third official Cougars 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,” Coach Smith said. “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.”

Mullins graduated from Mount Si High School in 2020 and spent two seasons in Moraga, California. He played in 53 total games, helping Saint Mary’s to a 26-8 record last season and the second round of the NCAA men’s tournament.

Prior to college, 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.

“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!”

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