WG/PG Jake Sullivan
6'1 190 lbs Oakdale(MN) Tartan
The most highly heralded of ISU's fall signees was Jake Sullivan, a guard from the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. He doesn't look the part, as a stocky little redhead, but don't let that fool you. Sullivan recently became the second leading scorer in the history of Minnesota High School basketball. Tartan High won the Class 4A title under his leadership. Jake is the kind of kid you can't get enough of. He's a gym rat, comes from a solid background, and gets good grades. Until early last summer, Jake was lightly recruited. Only a few schools were going after him hard. Among his early suitors were ISU, Northwestern, Iowa, Missouri, and Temple. The University of Minnesota didn't recruit him, although he was a lifelong Gopher fan. ISU popped an offer near the end of June. He committed immediately. It wasn't over yet, though, as Jake was the star at the nationwide shoe camps. Minnesota suddenly offered Jake, followed by North Carolina and UNLV. Eustachy never gave him a chance to waiver, as Jake signed with ISU in the Fall Signing Period. Jake might be the best pure shooter from the entire high school class. He is a 90% free throw shooter, and hits on more than his fair share of threes. For Tartan, he was instant offense. He was on their varsity team from eighth grade on. ISU will look to him for offense. If he can come in and make some outside shots, then I think he will play quite a bit, and possibly start. I expect him to have a little trouble adjusting defensively, but Eustachy is a great coach, and I think Jake will hold his own. Sullivan is probably the recruit that will have the most impact on the team as a freshman. If (this is a big if) he can fill the role of Michael Nurse, ISU should be in the hunt for a league title. No one expects him to do this, but i'm sure he'll give it his best shot. This was one great catch for ISU.
ARTICLES: Ames Tribune(4/3/00)- The Future: Off The Court, Minnesota Recruits Are... Ames Tribune(3/22/00)- Sullivan Not Surprised By Cyclones' Success Des Moines Register(3/21/00)- Iowa State Recruit Sullivan Takes in ... Pioneer Planet(3/7/00)- Basket O'Plenty For Sullivan Star Tribune(2/8/00)- Sullivan Has Survived the Pressure Pioneer Planet(9/26/99)- Gophers Blew Chance to Keep Sullivan Here Des Moines Register(9/1/99)- Blue-chip Schools Woo ISU Prospect Pioneer Planet(8/19/99)- U Hasn't Given Up On Landing Tartan Ace Cyclone Illustrated(7/8/99)- New ISU Guard Sullivan Rivals.com(7/7/99)- Player Profile Pioneer Planet(3/16/99)- Tartan's Sullivan Not One-Dimensional SportsMidwest.com- 1999 Nike Camp Reports
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