Posted On: 09/26/18 10:43 AM
Class of 2020 small forward Breven McMullen of Park Hills Central is poised to take his team to even higher heights this upcoming season.
The 6’5″ McMullen has done an excellent job in his first two seasons at Central in helping to lead them to two consecutive district championships and berths in the Class 3 state sectionals. Those past two seasons, the Rebels have run into Whitfield and all-state performer Torrence Watson, who brought and end to their season.
Watson is now a freshman at the University of Missouri and the road to the Final Four is wide open with a number teams in the mix. With McMullen back with his experience and all-around game, the Rebels have an opportunity to make some noise in the postseason.
“I’m really looking forward to the season,” he said. “I know that I’ve improved a lot, and so have some other guys on the team. Obviously, I’d like to win another district championship. But, I think if we play the way we are capable of, we can make a potential Final Four run.”
McMullen entered the Rebels’ lineup as a freshman and provided excellent perimeter shooting as a Stretch 4. He also provided strong rebounding on both ends. As he enters his junior season, his game has evolved from just being a catch and shoot threat to a versatile offensive player who can handle the ball, pass and get buckets off the dribble. He has really worked to make himself a very good wing player, which should translate into a very big junior season.
“Ball handling has definitely been one of my main focuses during the summer,” he said. “I realized that at 6’5″ in college ball, I likely have to handle the ball a lot more that I do on my high school team, so I really tried to improve in that area.”
McMullen missed a large portion of the summer with a broken elbow, but he recovered in time to enjoy a strong close to the July evaluation period. He put together an excellent couple of days at the Larry Hughes Basketball Association Elite Camp in Kansas City and followed up with a strong performance at the Sunflower Showcase while playing with his SI Select team, which also won the Amateur Athletic Union 17U national championship.