Mullen’s Roundball Review was founded the spring of 1985 after Jerry Mullen had spent twenty-two years coaching boys & men’s basketball at the high school and junior college level. Jerry resigned from his AD/basketball position at Barton County Community College in March ’85 to pursue other avenues.
Basketball was still in his blood as he had forged many relationships in the coaching fraternity with such men as Bobby Knight, who signed two of Jerry’s players that spring to join him at Indiana University. Coaches continued to call him about players in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference even though he had resigned his position at Barton County. That’s when the idea of creating a junior college scouting service in conjunction with working for his brother, Ed Mullen at Midland Credit in Hutchinson KS as a salesman calling on colleges in the Midwest for delinquent student accounts. Jerry could evaluate practices and games during his travels; working his day job for Midland Credit; practices in late afternoons and games in the evenings. It proved to be a great combination and gave the opportunity for his scouting service to soar. Jerry continued this dual role until June 1989 when he along with his wife (Kathy) of six months, moved to Olathe, KS (suburb of Kansas City) for better accessibility to a major airport. Mullen’s Sports Enterprises was incorporated during this time and would now include summer camps and shootouts in addition to the junior college scouting service. Mullen’s Sports Enterprises presently sponsors the Top 100 JUCO camp; high profile team tournament and shootouts for unsigned players plus partners with scout, Mike Mitchell, to host a sixty team junior college jamboree in Dallas, TX.
The scouting service has remained a viable option for four-year recruiters with the number of subscribers varying from 350 to 390 colleges and universities renewing on a yearly basis. The service has expanded to include prep school coverage nationwide and high school coverage in Kansas City and Phoenix metros.
Mullen’s evaluators include Jerry himself, along with his stepson, Cameron Belden, who was seven years old when Jerry married Kathy and he quickly developed a “love” for basketball, which has continued with his coaching career at Cowley County CC KS and Hutchinson CC KS before joining College Coaches Network (CCN) in 2008; then in May 2010 became a fulltime employee of Mullen’s Sports Enterprises.
Kathy is the office manager in charge of NCAA certifications for summer events; accounts payables and receivables; insurance; quarterly reports; camp registrations; college renewals, payroll, etc.