Patrick SullivanHt/Wt: 6-9 / 220 lbs
2010 Draft Profile - Patrick SullivanCurrent averages: 15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.0 bpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg (as of Feb. 4, 2010)
Brings to mind: Former DePaul and NBA power forward Terry Cummings.
Signed as a raw but athletic 6-8, 190-pound freshman out of Orlando, Fla., Sullivan came to Southeastern as an athlete in search of a position. At SLU, the dearth of size dictated he play with his back to the goal, and he showed flashes of brilliance in limited playing time his first two years. As a junior starter, he scored in double-digits (season average) for the first time, registered occaisonal double-digit rebounding totals and filled out a still-thin frame into a significantly stronger frontcourt presence. In an early-season loss to LSU this season, Sullivan flashed brilliant moves to the basket and mid-range jumpers that had LSU broadcasters describing the Southland Conference center as "a definite SEC player" in talent.
The progression continues. Sullivan's making a meteoric rise in conference play, leveraging a ramped-up intensity to record, in his last two games: 50 points, 23 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 5 assists. Sullivan needs to hone his jump-shot to play a different role at the next level, but his shooting motion is fundamentally sound and his range is increasing. He possesses an effective dribble-drive to the basket, a graceful set of lay-ins and semi-hooks, a devastating passing talent and he owns the school record for blocked shots. He leaps two feet above the rim with relative ease and runs the court like a gazelle. His defensive footwork and preparation are works-in-progress, but like the rest of his game are improving.
Bottom line: Sullivan hasn't hit his ceiling and has made continual strides in his college career. One projection shows him as the No. 19 power forward in college basketball. But he's likely No. 1 in athleticism at that position. As his skills catch up with his body, he projects as a possible small forward in the NBA or a combo forward with a unique set of skills to offer a team off the bench. He's a possible starter two to three years into his NBA career. That career is likely a reality. He'll join a team as an undrafted free agent if SLU fails to make the NCAA tournament. If Southeastern wins the Southland berth -- a distinct possibility for a team loaded with perimeter shooters -- Sullivan's play on a national stage could elevate him to a second-round pick, possibly higher.
Player profile submitted by: Bruce C. Jett
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