UK Recruiting

Kentucky's Calipari says juco signee Mulder 'fits our program'

Mychal Mulder of Vincennes (Ind.) University is a possible prospect for the University of Kentucky as a junior-college transfer.
Mychal Mulder of Vincennes (Ind.) University is a possible prospect for the University of Kentucky as a junior-college transfer.

The University of Kentucky officially announced the addition of junior-college All-American basketball player Mychal Mulder on Tuesday, making him the fourth member of the Cats' signing class of 2015.

Mulder, who has played the past two seasons at Vincennes University in Indiana, committed to Kentucky on April 28. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore, while making 46.3 percent of his three-point attempts.

The Windsor, Ontario, native will have two years of eligibility at UK.

"I'm so excited to be coaching Mychal," Coach John Calipari said. "He's been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he's shared, yet he was still rewarded as a first-team All-American. He fits our program."

Vincennes had a 67-5 record in the two seasons Mulder played there, and he was the team's only freshman starter in 2013-14. He chose the Wildcats last month over scholarship offers from Creighton, Wichita State, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Missouri, among others. Louisville and Indiana also expressed serious interest in him.

"I think I'll fit in well," Mulder said. "I'm going to bring a winning attitude that I learned (at Vincennes) and try to carry over there. I know (UK is) all about winning, and that's something I try to be all about too, so I'm going to try to carry that over and try to make an impact the best I can."

Mulder joins high school standouts Isaiah Briscoe, Skal Labissiere and Charles Matthews in UK's signing class of 2015. They'll join returning players Alex Poythress, Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, Dominique Hawkins, Derek Willis and EJ Floreal on next season's roster.

UK is also recruiting five-star combo guard Jamal Murray, a prospect from Canada who is considering reclassifying to 2015 to play college basketball next season. There is no timetable for Murray's decision.

Payne, Robic earn raises

UK has released the details of new contracts for assistant coaches Kenny Payne, John Robic and Tony Barbee.

Payne will earn an average of $700,000 over a three-year contract that runs through the 2017-18 season. He was promoted to associate head coach last year and made $500,000 this past season.

Robic will make $415,000 on a one-year contract, a $40,000 raise from this past season.

Barbee, who spent last season as special assistant to Coach John Calipari, was promoted to assistant coach last week to replace Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, who left UK for a position on staff at St. John's. Barbee will earn $375,000 on a one-year deal, the same amount that Rohrssen made this past season.