Student – Athlete Author – Justin Mullins – Freshman shooting guard Justin played high school ball at Oak Park River Forest, Illinois. A streaky scoring threat (112 points in one 4-game tournament), Justin averaged 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists while shooting 56.0 percent from the field during his senior season. Mullins also earned Illinois Hoops Prospects All-State First Team honors.
The next morning, we woke up early to hear teammates Tommy Brunner and Touko’s (Tainamo) presentation about each other then headed back to the beach again to go parasailing! This was truly a unique and amazing experience to have together as a team. Being hoisted into the air over the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and getting a wonderful view of the city nice was truly remarkable for me. It really woke me and made me realize how grateful I was to be somewhere like Nice with a group of guys like this. After parasailing, we went back to the rooms to get in a quick nap then we had our pregame meal. After that we had a little more resting time then we were off to the game!
The game went great. We played hard and played together and ended up better the team in Nice by 57 points!!! After a great win, we came back and heard teammates Tevin Smith and Marko’s (Lukic) amazing presentations then finished the night by going out with our teammates again. For the final day in Nice, we woke up early and traveled to Monaco! We made a couple of stops while there. The first was on the way to Monaco at one of the world capitals for perfume! They had a lot of great-smelling perfumes and a lot of people ended up buying something. The next stop was at a historic part of Monaco where we learned about a lot of the city’s history and could see a great view of the whole city from up high. After this stop, we rode back to Nice by driving through the city of Monaco which was just as beautiful as Nice.
We got back and heard the final presentations which were Korey Hess and JB’s (JaVonnie Bickham) and after that, we had the last evening to spend with our teammates out in the city. This is truly a once-of-a-lifetime trip that I know I’ll remember forever. I am so glad that I got to spend this time in another country with my teammates. I know this experience will springboard us into a great season!!! Back to the US we go in the Morning!