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Fort Lupton's Mullet gets call to join a lot of top prep players

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By Steve Smith

AURORA – When the list for the Centennial State Grandstand showcase was available, Eli Mullet’s name was on it.

 The Fort Lupton High School senior joined 170-some players – some sophomores and mainly juniors and seniors – from Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming for a three-day evaluation at Eaglecrest High School in late June. The Colorado High School Activities Association, the New Mexico Activities Association, the Wyoming Activities association and the states’ coaches associations oversaw the show case. CHSAA’s digital media coordinator Ryan Casey the first event of this kind in the state came after an NCAA reform that put such events on an education-based campus.

 “Before the actual games, we did a combine, where we timed different speed exercises and recorded mid-range and 3-point shots,” Mullet said. “I got a scouting report online from a prep hoops Colorado website.”

 That evaluation said, “Mullet was a player who really stood out against one of the top teams in the event and allowed his team to hang around. With guards penetrating and kicking, he was in a prime spot to take over and knock down shots. He was able to do that, as he knocked down six, 3-pointers to lead the team with 24 points.

 “He showed he was a knock-down shooter that is able to run around and get himself open and made a name for himself as a sniper.”

 “The event helped me realize how much more work I need to put in to make it at the next level and gave me an idea of what my competition could possibly be like,” he said.

 Mullet averaged 14 points a game for FLHS this winter. He’ll be a senior this year.

 “My teammates and coach were very good with giving pointers to each other and helped open up my eyes to parts of the game I can work on,” Mullet said.