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Prospect Profile

Jared Sullinger

  • Full Name: Jared Sullinger
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 280
  • Birthdate: March 4, 1992
  • College: Ohio State
Boston Celtics Round 1: Pick 21
 

Strengths:
*Strong
*Great rebounder
*Makes free throws
*Competes
*Can shoot face-up jumper

Weaknesses:
*Not a great athlete
*Not prototypical size
*Has trouble scoring against length

NBA projection:
Sullinger has been projected as a lottery pick. He’s not going to be the low-post scorer in the NBA that he was in college — there’s too much length and athleticism for that to happen. But he’s a big-time rebounder and he’s also got face-up skills. So his role will change. He’s also going to compete, no matter the level of competition.

2011-12 Season:
Sullinger was a consensus first-team All-American for the second straight season after leading his team in scoring and rebounding. He racked up 17 double-doubles and scored 647 points. Sullinger was hampered by back spasms and missed two games, including against Kansas during the regular season. He was tough down the stretch, averaging 17.0 points and 8.8 rebounds in five NCAA Tournament games. He was chosen the MOP of the East Regional after averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 boards in the semifinals and finals.

Key statistics:
17.5 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.9 tpg, 1.2 spg, 1.1 bpg, 30.4 mpg, .519 FG, .400 3PT, .768 FT

Cool statistic:
Sullinger scored his 1,000th career point in his 58th game, the fifth fastest in Ohio State history. He finished with 1,282 points in just two seasons.

Reminds me of:
DeJuan Blair

What Insiders Say:
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
“It's hard to put words in terms of exactly what he's meant to this program for two seasons. Even probably deeper than that, when he committed to us back at a really, really young age, you knew you were getting a great player. You knew that you were going to be able to build around him.
“Jared is a winner, and he's won at everything that he's ever done. He's got great passion and loves the Ohio State University, and that's one thing we always try to find in recruiting is guys that appreciate the university and what it stands for, and he definitely does that and carries himself in such a way, not even to get into the basketball side of it, of all the things he's done for us because he's been great.”

What Outsiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
“He's as good a low‑post scorer as there is in the country. He brings a lot to the table. We caught a huge break when he didn't play the first time.He's a terrific player.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

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