Steady is a good word to describe Mazzulla's game. In both of his games with the 76ers Wednesday at the Reebok ABCD Camp, the left-hander was effective at penetrating into the lane and making something positive happen either for himself or his teammates. One teammate in particular, Daniel Hackett (6-5 200) from Downey, Calif., was the benefactor of several of Mazzulla's passes.
Mazzulla also showed he can easily penetrate, stop on a dime and pull-up and hit the medium range jumper in the lane. Mazzulla demonstrated the ability to see the entire court, although he appears to be slightly less than his reported 6-2 height. On defense, Mazzulla is a very pesky defender and disrupted numerous passes by deflecting or stealing the ball from his opponent.
"I'm not flashy." Mazzulla said. "I ‘m strong fundamentally and I make my teammates better by setting them up for easy baskets or open looks. I'm definitely a pass-first, shoot-second kind of player. I can score, don't get me wrong, but being a strong leader on the court is probably my greatest strength."
"Coach Beilein has told me he is expecting a lot from me next year," Mazzulla said. "I have to be ready to play right away and go with Darris Nichols as soon as I arrive on campus." Mazzulla expects to enroll at WVU next July during one of the summer sessions.
If Wednesday is any indication, WVU appears to have found a solid replacement at the point guard position to help ease the loss of J.D. Collins after this season. West Virginia has now settled into a nice rotation at the point. Nichols will have spent two seasons backing up Collins after next year, and will be primed to move into the starting spot as a junior. Mazzulla, arriving at the same time, could then follow Nichols' path and make his own push for the starting job two years later.