Introducing Brian Sullivan

As one of the best shooters in Ohio standing at 6'0" and 170 pounds, Brian Sullivan has emerged onto the scene. The 2011 combo guard is getting interest from some of the top academic schools in the nation including Miami University.

As one of the best shooters in Ohio standing at 6'0" and 170 pounds, Brian Sullivan has emerged onto the scene. The 2011 combo guard is getting interest from some of the top academic schools in the nation.

This past season, Sullivan has led Upper Arlington (OH) High School to an undefeated record before falling in the state playoffs to Dublin Coffman.

Sullivan averaged over 18 points, 3.5 assists, and 5 rebounds. He shot 51% overall, 41% from the arc, and 72% from the line. For his efforts, he was named Ohio Capital Conference Central Division player of the year.

Next season, UA loses 2 top seniors and will be a little smaller overall, but Sullivan feels his school will still be one of the top teams in the conference.

This summer he is again playing AAU with CBIZ. Miami RedHawk fans may recall that the CBIZ program produced current MU hoopster Drew McGhee. Sullivan noted that one his older brothers played AAU with McGhee.

Sullivan plays the point for CBIZ and expects that will be his primary position in college. Sullivan said, "I have elevated my game all around – scoring, passing, rebounding, and defending."

Sullivan described his game:

"I pride myself in my ability to shoot well. I am a high IQ basketball player and work well with other players."

Sullivan admits he still has work to do. He said, "I want to get bigger and stronger. I am working on my midrange shot for college." Sullivan also wants to be a better ballhandler.

Sullivan, a strong student, said the schools that have shown the most interest have been elite academic schools like Miami-OH, Cornell, Princeton, Bucknell, Davidson, William and Mary, and Boston College. No school has offered him at this point. However, he noted that Western Carolina and Toledo told him they would give him an offer if he visited those campuses.

Sullivan has unofficially visited Miami, Princeton, Bucknell, and William and Mary.

The visit to Miami came on May 12th. On the Miami visit, Sullivan was given a tour of Oxford campus and got a chance to meet Miami head coach Charlie Coles. As he is leaning towards majoring in business/economics, he came away impressed with Miami's new business school and described it as "pretty incredible."

Sullivan said he talks most often with Miami assistant coach Jason Grunkemeyer. Although he noted that associate head coach Jermaine Henderson was recently at one of his open gyms.

Sullivan gave three criteria of what he is looking for in a school: 1) "Good academics is a priority." 2) "Good basketball school in a good conference." 3) "Fit in well and excel."

The central Ohio standout describes himself as a "regular, outgoing guy" who goes to all of his high school's sports.

Stayed tuned to RedHawk Insider as we follow Brian Sullivan in the future.

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