2004-03-26 / Sports

Muldrow Makes The Leap To Arkansas

By Elio Velez
Muldrow Makes The Leap To Arkansas By Elio Velez

Traveling from New York to California, Far Rockaway native Elijah Muldrow just wanted to fulfill his passion of playing the game of basketball.

Muldrow has moved one step further in his college career by giving a verbal commitment to playing at Arkansas-Little Rock, an NCAA Division I school in the Sun Belt Conference.

Muldrow recently finished his sophomore season at Ventura Community College in California in which the 6’2 guard averaged 15.3 ppg, averaged 51% from the field, and shot an outstanding 43% from the 3-point line. Mul drow’s dream to play basketball took many twists and turns before he winded up in sunny Ventura, Cali fornia.

Growing up in the Beach 41 Street Houses (now named Ocean Bay Houses) with a large family of 12 brothers and sisters, Muldrow set his sights on basketball very early in his childhood. His older brother George, who once signed a contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves before hurting his knee, would be always present to help Elijah to develop his game.

As Muldrow was starting to get notice for his game, school started to become a problem. He bounced around from public to private schools because of his low grades. It was at that point that Muldrow joined the Harlem Mustangs AAU Basketball program and his chance to play college basketball started to take off. Tone Rosa, the co-founder of the Mustangs program gave Muldrow the chance to shine in such prestigious tournaments like the Entertainer’s Basketball Classic at Rucker Park. Muldrow’s leaping and passing ability, effortless slashing to the basket and sweet jumper impressed NBA and college stars that played at the tournament.

But the most important step according to Elijah’s mother Diane was that Rosa and others steered Muldrow to the proper steps to improve his grades in the classroom. "It was through people such as Tone Rosa and others who helped to get him to college".

At Ventura, Muldrow has taken the work ethic that he puts on the court to the classroom. "I’ve come a long way. I feel like I should have been doing this a long time ago. It feels good having people helping out and telling you to keep up the hard work."

Muldrow has been featured in Jet Magazine, and named to the Junior College Fifth All-American Team in Street and Smith’s College Basketball Magazine. Elijah has the chance to help an improving Arkansas Little Rock, which went 17-12 in the 2003-2004 season under head coach Steve Shields. While scouting at Ventura, Shields saw the coaches imploring for Muldrow to shoot the ball. Shields found out after the game that Mul drow wanted to get his teammates more involved so his teammates could earn scholarship opportunities.

"His coach (head coach Greg Wins low) was just floored," Shields said. "But that just shows what a great kid he is."

"I never thought he would get to the point", says Diane Muldrow. "It’s ama z ing. I’m so proud of him".

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