In less than a month The Highlands Ranch Falcons will be tipping off against Palmer for their first game of the season. In what is likely to be a highly competitive game Falcon’s senior guard Patrick Sullivan could make all the difference.
Sullivan is a catch and shoot player than is can shoot the lights out from behind the arc. He shot 43 percent from long range as a junior averaging 5.6 points per a contest. His ability to consistently drain the three ball as well as non-stop hustle type play has sparked interest from schools such as Adams State, Colorado Christian, Nebraska Wesleyan, and Colorado Mesa to name a few
College coaches want to see Sullivan develop his game so he can handle a point guard role rather than the two-guard position that he has played in high school. In order for Sullivan to adapt to the position of a college point guard he has to elevate his ball handling ability. Sullivan has been putting in work in the off season to meet these demands explaining that he wants to improve his ball handling as well as finding his shot off the dribble. If Sullivan can add these factors to his game, he is going to cause nightmares for defenses around the state.
The biggest asset to Sullivan’s game is his hustle. Sullivan’s hustle and desire to win showed his junior season against the Cherry Creek Bruins. With the clock quickly ticking down and his team down by three, Sullivan swooped an offensive rebound from a Bruin player, rushed out to the three line, and drained the shot to send the game into OT. Sullivan’s desire to win is exemplified by the effort he puts in each game, but he feels it isn’t as recognized as he would like. “I don’t think that people realize how good of a rebounder I am,” he states, “I can grab offensive boards.” Although rebounds typically don’t make highlight tapes, they separate guards that are willing to bang in the paint for their team from those that stay on the perimeter when the shot goes up.
Defensively Sullivan is a solid player. He has exemplary off the ball defense and is always ready as a help-side defender. However he sometimes struggles with on the ball defense and staying in front of his man, which is going to be a key skill at the next level, but what Sullivan may lack defensively he makes up with by always putting in 100% effort.
If Sullivan can continue to be an automatic shooter from three as well as develop into a strong ball handler, he can be a huge asset to the Highlands Ranch team. He will also be able to attract interest from more colleges if he elevates his all around game.
With the first contest quickly approaching Sullivan and the Falcons are hard at work preparing for the season. Like every other team in the state they are on the hunt for a title and Sullivan is confident they can get there “I don’t think there is anyone we can’t beat” he states confidently. As the season quickly approaches, only time will tell what’s in store for Sullivan and the Falcons.