Former Northeastern boys' basketball standout heads south to find new college home

STEVE HEISER
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Fred Mulbah

A former Northeastern High School basketball standout has found a new college basketball home.

One thing is certain. The weather at his new school will be a whole lot warmer than at his old school.

In fact, his new school belongs to the Sun Conference.

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Fred Mulbah has committed to play for St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida. St. Thomas is a Division I program in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NAIA features small colleges and universities and for the 2021–22 season, it had 252 member institutions.

After a standout junior season for Pitt-Johnstown, Mulbah opted to put his name into the transfer portal in late March.

He helped Pitt-Johnstown to a 21-9 overall record and a 16-6 mark in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference play.

The 5-foot, 9-inch point guard finished the season averaging 15.4 points, 7.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game for the NCAA Division II program.

Mulbah was named to the All-PSAC West Division First Team. A three-year starter, Mulbah is Pitt-Johnstown’s all-time assists leader and he scored more than 1,000 career points with the program.

Mulbah was second in the nation in assists per game on the D-II level.

Mulbah’s transfer to St. Thomas was confirmed in a tweet posted by St. Thomas head coach Patrick Carey, which said: “Elated to announce the commitment of Fred Mulbah to St. Thomas, one of the best PG’s in the nation! #HoopAndLive.”

Mulbah responded with a tweet that said simply: “Let’s get to work!!”

Carey led St. Thomas to a 13-10 overall record last season, including a 10-6 mark in the Sun Conference.

By transferring, Mulbah is following a path blazed by his former Northeastern teammate, Antonio Rizzuto, who started his career at Albany before transferring to Towson last season.

Rizzuto, a 6-3 senior, averaged 7.4 points per game for Towson this past season, helping the Tigers to a 25-9 record on the NCAA Division I level. Towson earned a bid to the National Invitation Tournament.

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