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Jared Sullinger

Jared Sullinger
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Sullinger at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit
No. 7 – Boston Celtics
Position Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-03-04) March 4, 1992 (age 28)
Columbus, Ohio
Nationality American
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Career information
High school Northland (Columbus, Ohio)
College Ohio State (2010–2012)
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro career 2012–present
Career history
2012–present Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards

Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Ohio State University before being drafted 21st overall by the Celtics in the 2012 NBA draft.

High school career

He was rated as the number 2 player in the class of 2010 in the ESPNU 100[1] the number 4 player by,[2] and the number 5 player by[3] In his senior year, Sullinger led Northland High School to a 21-0 season and a #1 national ranking. He averaged 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds for the season.[4] Sullinger played in the 4th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic.[5]

Sullinger was selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game in Columbus, Ohio,[6] where he was named co-MVP with Harrison Barnes.[7] He was also selected to play in the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon[8] and the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.[9]

On March 10, 2010, Sullinger won the James A. Naismith Award, which goes to the boys basketball player of the year.[4]

College recruitment

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jared Sullinger
Columbus, OH Northland HS Script error: No such module "convert". Script error: No such module "convert". May 10, 2007 
Scout:75px   Rivals:75px   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 10, 2 (C)   Rivals: 5, 1 (C)  ESPN: 2, 1 (PF)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


Sullinger committed to Ohio State on May 10, 2007.[10]

College career


Sullinger had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Ohio State debut.[11] Sullinger's brother, J.J. Sullinger also attended Ohio State and played for coach Thad Matta. For the 2010-2011 season Jared Sullinger averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. Ohio State finished the regular season at 32-2 and was selected as the 2011 NCAA tournament's number one overall seed. The Buckeyes made it to the 'Sweet Sixteen' where they lost to Kentucky 62-60. Sullinger was named a First Team All-American by Fox Sports.[12]


In what would be his final year at Ohio State, Sullinger led the Buckeyes to a 31-8 overall record (13-5 Big Ten). Sullinger averaged 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season. The Buckeyes advanced to the 'Final Four' of the 2012 NCAA tournament, where the team lost to the Kansas Jayhawks. Sullinger had 13 points in the game and was 5-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds in the loss. Five days after the loss, the two-time AP All-American declared he was entering the 2012 draft, where he was widely expected to be a lottery pick, until he was reportedly flagged by several teams after the Chicago pre-draft camp due to back issues.[13]

College statistics

2010–11 Ohio State 37 37 31.7 .541 .250 .704 10.2 1.2 1.0 .5 17.2
2011–12 Ohio State 37 36 30.4 .519 .400 .768 9.2 1.2 1.2 1.1 17.5

Professional career

Boston Celtics (2012–present)

2012–13 season

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Sullinger going up for a dunk with Boston.

On June 29, 2012, Sullinger was selected with the 21st overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics. On July 3, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Celtics.[14]

On November 17, 2012, against the Toronto Raptors, Sullinger recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, as the Celtics won 107 to 89.

On December 25, 2012, against the Brooklyn Nets, Sullinger scored 16 points (tying a career high) on 6-7 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds, as the Celtics won 93 to 76.

On January 9, 2013, against the Phoenix Suns, Sullinger had 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 12 points on 6-10 shooting.[15] Two days later against the Houston Rockets, Sullinger recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics won their 5th straight game.[16]

On February 1, 2013, it was announced he would miss the rest of the season with a back injury.[17]

2013–14 season

On January 15, 2014, against the Toronto Raptors, Sullinger posted 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. It was the first Celtic 20–20 game since Kevin Garnett had one in his debut game with the Celtics in 2007.[18]

On February 7, 2014, Sullinger scored a career high 31 points, along with 16 rebounds, in a 99-89 win over the Sacramento Kings.[19]

2014–15 season

After averaging 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game up until the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Sullinger was ruled indefinitely after X-rays on February 19 revealed a stress reaction in his left foot.[20] Three days later, he was ruled out for the rest of the season after further medical evaluation determined that Sullinger had sustained a left metatarsal stress fracture.[21] However, in a surprising move, Sullinger returned to action on April 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He entered the game four minutes into the third quarter, missed both his shots and didn't return as part of a gradual effort to improve his stamina.[22]

NBA career statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2012–13 Boston 45 5 19.8 .493 .200 .746 5.9 .8 .5 .5 6.0
2013–14 Boston 74 44 27.6 .427 .269 .778 8.1 1.6 .5 .7 13.3
2014–15 Boston 58 49 27.0 .439 .283 .744 7.6 2.3 .8 .7 13.3
Career 177 98 25.4 .440 .275 .762 7.4 1.6 .6 .6 11.4

Awards and honors



  • 2011 Big Ten Tournament Most Valuable Player
  • 2011 Big Ten Freshman Of the Year
  • 2011 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award

High school


On September 3, 2013, Sullinger turned himself in to police after an alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend. He was charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of property. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.[23][24] The charges were later dropped.[25]


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  2. ^ " Football Recruiting". Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Ranking - Rivals150 for class of 2010". Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Northland High School basketball player, father win national Naismith awards". The Columbus Dispatch. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  5. ^ "Boost Mobile Elite 24 Roster Announced". Slam Online. 2009-08-05. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  6. ^ "McDonald’s All-American Game Team Announced". Slam Online. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  7. ^ "McDonald's All-American night: Knight's 3-pointer wins it for the West - MaxPreps News". 2010-03-31. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  8. ^ "It’s the USA Against Everyone Else". Slam Online. 2010-01-20. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  9. ^ "Jordan Brand All-American Game Team Announced". Slam Online. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  10. ^ "A Summer Full of Events for #1 Center in the Country, Jared Sullinger". 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  11. ^ Ohio State routs North Carolina A&T in season opener
  12. ^ Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ Jared Sullinger's back a concern
  14. ^ "Celtics Sign 2012 NBA Draft Picks". July 3, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ Suns at Celtics
  16. ^ Rockets at Celtics
  17. ^ "Celtics' Sullinger out for season with back injury". February 1, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Celtics top Raptors 88-83, end 9-game skid". ESPN. 2014-01-15. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  19. ^ Notebook: Celtics 99, Kings 89
  20. ^ Jared Sullinger out indefinitely
  21. ^ Jared Sullinger Injury Update
  22. ^ Ilyasova leads 3rd-quarter surge, Bucks top Celtics 110-101
  23. ^ King, Jay (September 3, 2013). "Jared Sullinger arrested: Boston Celtics forward turned himself in after domestic incident, according to report". Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Celtics' Sullinger pleads not guilty to domestic assault". Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. September 3, 2013. Retrieved September 3, 2013. 
  25. ^ Charges dropped against Celtics’ Sullinger

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