Drew Sullivan is the Great Britain basketball captain and represented his country at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and now plays for the Leicester Riders.
Drew Sullivan doing Jiujitsu. Photo provided by Pukaar News.
Born in London in February 1980, he competed over 100m and 200m in track and field athletics as a schoolboy in Haringey, but what is still his favourite Olympic memory from childhood, watching the American ‘dream team’ in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, gave him the drive to be a basketball player. A gifted athlete, the 6ft 8in player proved Villanova’s most versatile defender, his long arms and quick feet making him a strong rebound collector.
In 2001-02 he proved to be Villanova’s best perimeter defensive player, being the only Wildcat to start all 32 matches, notching 5.65 points per game. He has been a professional basketball player since 2003 and has played in six countries – the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Cyprus and the UK.
In 2006 he also competed for England at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where the team finished with bronze medals and he was named in the all-tournament team. He had three hugely successful years with the Riders, where he was part of the 2013 treble winning team, before, in August 2014, returning to his home town to sign for London Lions, stating his intention to remain with them for the rest of his career.
He made a stand-out contribution in Great Britain’s promotion campaign from Division B in 2006-07, averaging 10.6 points per game. In 2008, the team then finished top of Division A to qualify for EuroBasket 2009 repeating the feat in 2011, leading to confirmation of their Olympic place at London 2012, where they beat China in their final group stage match. Drew entered 2013 as Great Britain’s second most capped male player and has been team captain in recent years.