Humble Hoops Star Likes Tigers

One of the state of Alabama's top high school senior basketball players discusses recruiting. A report with a video is featured.

Uniontown, Ala.--One of the state of Alabama's top basketball prospects for the 2008 signing class is scheduled to make an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Frank Sullivan, a 6-2, 185 guard from R.C. Hatch High, says that Coach Jeff Lebo's Tigers are his leader as he prepares to take his first official visit to check out the Tigers.

"I am looking at Auburn, UAB and Tennessee," Sullivan tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "They have all offered scholarships, but I haven't set up visits to the other schools."

Sullivan says the Tigers are his favorite and have been recruiting him since he was a ninth grader. He notes that both Lebo and his assistants have been involved in his recruiting process.

"They are just telling me that Auburn is a nice fit for my style of play," Sullivan says. "They have been watching how I play up-tempo. They tell me the school is great. I watched them play a lot of games last year and I like their style. That is why I am going there to take a visit."

Commenting on UAB, Sullivan says he likes the coaching staff there. Commenting on Tennessee, he says, "I like their up-tempo style, but they have a lot of guards there so I am weighing my options. Right now, Auburn is number one for me."

As a junior, Sullivan led R.C. Hatch to a state title averaging 18 points and seven rebounds per game. His coach, Homer Davis, notes that his unselfish guard could have had posted much higher numbers. "He is such an unselfish player and he is a humble kid," Davis points out. "He has been recruited by colleges around the country and he is a good student."

When his team needed him to step up in the state championship game last season, Sullivan did it in style by scoring 33 points and adding eight assists as R.C. Hatch defeated Barbour County.

"I have got a lot of goals set for this year," Sullivan says. "I want to lead my high school to another state championship. While I am playing I want to show people you can be successful without getting the big head. I am trying to be a humble guy and I am going to try to be leader for the younger guys on my team so that after I leave we will have the right values to win more state championships.

"I don't want people to say it was all because of him they won," Sullivan adds. "It is not because of me, it is because of a team effort. You can't do anything by yourself."

Other high school seniors who have been in for official visits this month to check out the Tigers include guard Tanner Smith from Norcross, Ga., and forward Toby Veal from Savannah, Ga. Smith committed to Clemson on Thursday.



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