Manchester Giants have announced the signing of Jonathan Mulmore, a 6’4” American point guard who joins from Brazilian Liga Ouro regular season champions Londrina, having previously been the starting point guard at NCAA Division 1 Georgetown Hoyas of the Big East Conference.
The 25-year-old comes to Manchester from Houston, Texas and already knows Del’vin Dickerson, previously unveiled as Giants’ new small forward. He originates from New Orleans, leaving at the age of 11 with his family in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
After High School, Mulmore attended Allegany Junior College in Maryland where he averaged 26 points and 6 assists per game in 2015-16, as an NJCAA All-American, the second leading scorer in the entire nation and a hotly recruited Division 1 prospect. He also led the NJCAA in free-throws made and attempted per game, and was top 25 in assists per game.
Mulmore chose the illustrious Georgetown Hoyas, prior NCAA Tournament Champions and seven-time Big East Tournament Champions, joining a programme that has turned out numerous top NBA players including Allen Iverson, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo. Most relevant, in 1985 the Hoyas produced the NBA number one draft pick and future Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing, who returned in 2017 as Mulmore’s Coach at Georgetown.
In his senior season there, he averaged 6 points, 3.4 assists and 1 steal per game, shooting 47% from the three-point line and leading the team in assists and steals. Standout performances included 15 points and 8 assists against Richmond; 15 points, 4 assists and a buzzer-beater against Marquette; and, in his junior year, 8 points and 8 assists against Xavier.
Mulmore started the 2018-19 campaign on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G-League, before moving to Brazil to join Londrina. There he averaged 14 points, 2 assists and 4 rebounds per game as Londrina won the Liga Ouro regular season championship, before being knocked out in the Play-off semi-finals.
“We’ve been looking at Jon for a long time, and at random times of the night last season my scout would send me links to Facebook live streams of games in Brazil to watch him play,” said Head Coach Danny Byrne. “We’re delighted that we’ve made this deal happen after a lot of effort.
“I believe that Jon’s potential is limitless. In various seasons he has proven that he can be an elite scorer, that he can facilitate with high IQ, that he can shoot the lights out, and that he can play lock down defence – now he gets the opportunity to put all of that together and have his break out season as a professional.
“Jon brings something unique to the point guard position in the BBL, and will be an extremely difficult match up for opposition guards. I can’t wait for Giants’ fans to see him in action.”
Jonathan Mulmore added, “I’m really excited to come to Manchester and compete at a high level this season. I’m the type of player that can do whatever the team needs: pass, guard, or score; and the fans can expect a lot of smiles from me as I love the fans, and they’re who I do it for. I just want to win as many games as I can.”