Next season's University of Kentucky basketball roster — despite some recent recruiting misses — is shaping up to be a talented bunch.
The Cats will bring in the nation's No. 1 overall recruit (Skal Labissiere), the class of 2015's No. 1 point guard (Isaiah Briscoe) and a top-50 prospect with something to prove (Charles Matthews), in addition to a group of returning players that includes Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress and Tyler Ulis.
What next season's squad lacked was a knockdown three-point shooter.
That changed Tuesday afternoon with the commitment of Mychal Mulder, a junior-college All-American who will have two seasons of eligibility when he arrives in Lexington.
Mulder — a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Windsor, Ontario — averaged 15.7 points and made 46 percent of his three-point shots this past season for Vincennes University, which finished with a 33-2 record.
JucoRecruiting.com's Brad Winton called him one of the best prospects coming out of the junior-college ranks.
"It sounds like he's just kind of the missing piece to what they need," Winton told the Herald-Leader. "He'll be able to knock down shots at that level, and he'll have the space to do it.
"And he'll be able to give (Ulis and Briscoe) so much more room to operate."
Mulder wrapped up his recruiting trip to Kentucky on Monday, and Creighton was the only other school that hosted him for an official visit.
Wichita State, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Missouri also extended scholarship offers, and Louisville and Indiana were among the other programs that expressed serious interest.
UK assistant Kenny Payne reached out to the Vincennes coaching staff a couple of months ago, and John Calipari took over the recruitment once it became clear the Cats would lose seven players — including shooting guards Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker — to the NBA Draft.
"Coach Calipari told me that he knew about me earlier but he didn't know for a while if he would have a spot for me to (play) as much time as I would like to have," Mulder said at his announcement Tuesday. "He said he didn't want to bring me in as a junior if I wasn't going to get a chance.
"That's all I've ever wanted — a chance. I didn't expect promises of anything — just an opportunity that's mine if I work hard and grab it."
According to those who have been around Mulder for the past two seasons, work ethic shouldn't be an issue.
Vincennes assistant coach Brian Davis described Mulder as a "team guy" who always does what he's asked.
"He'll run through a wall for you," Davis said. "You'll love him."
Winton, who has scouted Mulder in person several times over the past year, offered an assessment of the player's character without prompting.
"Heck of a great kid, too," he said. "No issues, no baggage, none of that stuff. People assume that if he's juco, there's got to be something wrong. And that's wrong.
"Off the court, he's going to do whatever they ask him to, for sure. He'll be a good guy in practice, and he'll be good as far as leading other guys, too."
On the court, the Cats will be asking him to make some shots.
Ulis was UK's best three-point shooter — at 42.9 percent — last season, but the 5-9 guard needs a lot of space to get those shots off.
Briscoe is a capable three-point shooter, but it's not his best offensive trait.
Mulder is a great catch-and-shoot player, but he's also adept at working hard off the ball and getting open looks by fighting around screens.
"You have to chase him," Winton said. "The way they play — with dribble penetration to the basket — he understands where to go, how to relocate offensively if somebody drives toward him.
"You have to keep an eye on him. And he's really in good shape, so he can run all day. He would definitely be able to open up the lane more, too, because you can't leave him."
There's more to Mulder's game than a nice jump shot.
He's billed as an athletic player who can create scoring opportunities off the dribble when needed, and he's an adequate defender, which isn't always the case with top-notch shooters.
Expectations for incoming recruits at UK have been sky-high since Calipari arrived.
Mulder doesn't need to be an NBA lottery pick. He just needs to fill a role.
"He's not your typical five-star, McDonald's All-American, one-and-done, of course," Winton said. "He'll probably be looked at as more of a role guy, which somebody has to be.
"But, because of the situation of what they have coming back and what they have coming in ... that's what he's going to be there for: to knock down shots."