LEXINGTON, Ky. — Mychal Mulder only played six minutes in Kentucky’s opening night win against Stephen F. Austin, but it’s apparent he can be a weapon for the Wildcats from long range.
The only thing keeping Mulder from more minutes is his defense.
“Offensively, we know that’s not his downside,” freshman guard De’Aaron Fox said. “They’re just trying to get him to make the effort on defense, not make the little mistakes. He’ll play more and that’s an extreme boost for us, someone outside Derek (Willis) and Malik (Monk) to hit outside shots consistently.
Mulder was 3-4 from the field and 2-3 behind the arc in Kentucky’s 87-64 Friday night win against Stephen F. Austin. The eight points were a career high for the senior. The Wildcats were 3-15 from 3-point land outside of Mulder.
Perimeter shooting is one of just a few questions for the No. 2 Wildcats. But it’s a weakness coach John Calipari isn’t buying.
“You can say that, it’s like politics — just keep saying it and it’ll come true,” Calipari said. “Keep saying it, and saying it, and saying it over and over and over and now it’s true. I don’t think it’s true.”
But for Mulder, it still comes down to defense no matter how sweet his shooting may be.
“He’s gotta do better defensively so I can leave him on the floor,” Calipari said.