PARADE Player of the Year Jared Sullinger of Northland High in Ohio
Jared Sullinger doesn’t have to go far to find a role model. The 2010 Player of the Year on PARADE’s 54th annual All-America High School Boys Basketball Team has two older brothers who played the game in college, as well as a father who coaches him at Northland High in Columbus, Ohio. And they’ve taught him well.
Sullinger is the anchor of a team that has lost only three games in four seasons and won last year’s Ohio Division I title. At press time this year, coach James “Satch” Sullinger’s Vikings were undefeated and No. 1 in the polls. Jared, the team’s 6-foot-9 star power forward, had also earned individual recognition, with his 2009 Ohio Mr. Basketball honor. He credits his family with getting him where he is today.
“My dad and brothers have always been there for me,” says Sullinger, who works out with his siblings at a local gym to hone his skills. “They’re my support group. They’ve taught me what to expect at the college level while also helping me grow as a high school player.”
“Over the last four years, Jared has become a student of the game,” coach Sullinger says. “ Some recruiters and scouts have said he’s one of the best high school rebounders they’ve seen. I agree. I’ve never seen anyone better.”
This season, Sullinger averaged 24 points and 12 rebounds a game while shooting a remarkable 76% from the floor and 77% from the free-throw line. In his career, he has more than 2000 points and 1200 rebounds. He plans to stay in his hometown and attend Ohio State in the fall.
His coach, for one, is already looking forward to the future. “It’ll be nice to just be a dad and follow Jared’s career,” he says.
Sullinger is the first Ohioan to be named PARADE Player of the Year since current NBA superstar and three-time All-American LeBron James in 2002 and 2003. Sullinger tops a 40-man roster selected by coaches, scouts, and recruiters across the country. Readers also sent in more than 8000 nominations online, including some for 2010 honorees Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Tobias Harris, Reggie Bullock, Michael Gilchrist, Ray McCallum, Ryan Harrow, Josh Hairston, Jereme Richmond, and Corey Hawkins. Keep your eyes on them—and the rest of this year’s picks. One of them could be the next big NBA star.
Ames Senior High, Ames, Iowa
This season, North Carolina–bound Barnes averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds. He has nearly 1800 career points and 800 career rebounds. “Harrison may be the best player ever out of Iowa,” coach Vance Downs says.
Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
With 3515 points, 1166 rebounds, 708 assists, and a 4.3 grade-point average, Knight is “a poster child for student-athletes,” coach David Beckerman says. Among the schools trying to recruit him are Syracuse and Kentucky.
St. Patrick High, Elizabeth, N.J.
The Duke-bound point guard averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 assists a game. In his four-year career, he’s racked up more than 2100 points. Coach Kevin Boyle says, “Kyrie is one of New Jersey’s best point guards ever.”
Bishop Luers High, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Ohio State–bound Thomas has more than 3000 career points, the third highest in Indiana history. This season, he averaged 15 rebounds and 33 points, with a high of 52 in one game.
Meet the 2010 All-America High School Boys Basketball Team:
|Name||High School||City, State||Ht.|
|Jared Sullinger||Northland||Columbus, Ohio||6’9″|
|Harrison Barnes||Ames||Ames, Iowa||6’7″|
|Brandon Knight||Pine Crest||Fort Lauderdale, Fla.||6’3″|
|Kyrie Irving||St. Patrick||Elizabeth, N.J.||6’2″|
|Deshaun Thomas||Bishop Luers||Fort Wayne, Ind.||6’7″|
|Tobias Harris||Half Hollow Hills West||Dix Hills, N.Y.||6’8″|
|Cory Joseph||Findlay College Prep||Henderson, Nev.||6’3″|
|Terrence Jones||Jefferson||Portland, Ore.||6’9″|
|Reggie Bullock||Kinston||Kinston, N.C.||6’7″|
|Joe Jackson||White Station||Memphis, Tenn.||6’0″|
|Tristan Thompson||Findlay College Prep||Henderson, Nev.||6’10″|
|Michael Gilchrist||St. Patrick||Elizabeth, N.J.||6’7″|
|Doron Lamb||Oak Hill Academy||Mouth of Wilson, Va.||6’4″|
|Austin Rivers||Winter Park||Winter Park, Fla.||6’3″|
|Josh Selby||Lake Clifton||Baltimore, Md.||6’2″|
|C.J. Leslie||Word of God Christian||Raleigh, N.C.||6’8″|
|Dion Waiters||Life Center Academy||Burlington, N.J.||6’4″|
|Patric Young||Providence||Jacksonville, Fla.||6’9″|
|JayVaughn Pinkston||Bishop Loughlin||Brooklyn, N.Y.||6’6″|
|Ray McCallum||Detroit County Day||Beverly Hills, Mich.||6’1″|
|Ryan Harrow||Walton||Marietta, Ga.||6’0″|
|Kendall Marshall||Bishop O’Connell||Arlington, Va.||6’4″|
|Josh Hairston||Montrose Christian||Rockville, Md.||6’9″|
|Nate Lubick||St. Mark’s||Southborough, Ma.||6’8″|
|Fab Melo||Sagemont||Weston, Fla.||7’0″|
|Keith Appling||Pershing||Detroit, Mich.||6’2″|
|Jereme Richmond||Waukegan||Waukegan, Ill.||6’7″|
|Jelan Kendrick||Wheeler||Marietta, Ga.||6’6″|
|Joseph Young||Yates||Houston, Tex.||6’2″|
|Perry Jones||Duncanville||Duncanville, Tex.||6’11″|
|Allen Crabbe||Price||Los Angeles, Calif.||6’6″|
|Ian Miller||United Faith Christian||Charlotte, N.C.||6’3″|
|Adreian Payne||Jefferson||Dayton, Ohio||6’10″|
|James McAdoo||Norfolk Christian||Norfolk, Va.||6’8″|
|Marquis Teague||Pike||Indianapolis, Ind.||6’1″|
|Marcus Thornton||Westlake||Atlanta, Ga.||6’8″|
|James Bell||Montverde Academy||Montverde, Fla.||6’5″|
|Tyler Lamb||Mater Dei||Santa Ana, Calif.||6’5″|
|Corey Hawkins||Estrella Foothills||Goodyear, Ariz.||6’3″|
|Noah Cottrill||Logan||Logan, W.Va.||6’2″|