Tuesday, April 13, 2010

North Meck basketball star Bernard Sullivan to transfer?

Basketball star Bernard Sullivan may've played his last game at North Mecklenburg High.

Sullivan, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds this season for the Vikings, earning his third straight all-conference award in the I-MECK 4A, generally considered the state's toughest conference.

But Sullivan’s father, also named Bernard, told the Observer Tuesday afternoon that the family has looked at Davidson Day, Concord First Assembly and several other private schools as potential places for Sullivan to play his senior year.

Bernard Sullivan Sr. said he spoke with North Meck coach Duane Lewis before he began exploring other schools and Sullivan Sr. said returning to North Meck remains a possibility.

“This is not unlike what I’ve done throughout his academic career,” Sullivan Sr. said of his son. “I’m always interested in academics first. Harvard called (Monday) night and while it’s not at the top of Bernard’s list, it’s at the top of mine. I’ve sent my kids to private school before (Bernard Jr. played middle school at private Gaston Day) and always in the back of my mind I wanted him to have more private school experience before he finished school.”

Sullivan Sr. said he and his family have considered Davidson Day, Concord First Assembly, Oak Hill (Va.) “and most of the area private schools.”

“In a couple weeks we’ll know,” he said.

Sullivan is being recruited by every ACC school except Duke and North Carolina. He was named an Elite Eight performer after a Super Showcase in Tennessee last weekend, where he averaged 28 points and 12 rebounds, earning more college attention from Harvard, Kentucky and Purdue.

This could be a wild offseason in the I-MECK 4A with several stars being rumored to be switching schools.


Anonymous said...

Is it really that big of a shock that Charlotte basketball players are changing schools.....

Anonymous said...

Let's hope Bernard is too classy to stick it to teammates who've worked their butts off alongside him the past three years.

Besides, who's he fooling? He'll get less exposure if he transfers to a school that plays 20 nobodies on a 27 games schedule. He'll play worse competition.

Transferring will not enhance his value to colleges one iota.

It's crap like this that makes public schools refuse to play private schools. Why play a team that doesn't have to abide by the same rules as everyone else.

It's a farce, a mockery, a total joke.

Let private schools put their money where their mouths are. If they're truly interested in educating, then why do they need athletic teams anyway.

Once again, the rich play by their own rules with no regard to the welfare of the student-athlete who serves as a meal ticket and nothing more.

Kids get so starry-eyed they actually believe the junk these coaches feed them...


Anonymous said...

It is amazing how out of touch some folks are when it comes to families making decisions like this one. Some of the very best players in our state (in our country for that matter) play at private schools. There are some very good public school teams and some very good private school teams....to say that the competition is weak at the private school level is an ignorant statement. There is as much (or more) transferring done at public schools as there is at private schools....and much of it is done for athletic reasons. The bottom line is that families make decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of their children. If there was no advantage to going to a private school, families wouldn't make the change...obviously there must be some academic, social, and athletic advantage.

Anonymous said...

Public high school sports in CMS is crazy. Look at the Butler, Lake Norman, and West Charlotte basketball teams. All filled with transfers. Takes all the interest out of it when teams are "created" like the Yankees. CMS should install a one year sit period for this behavior.

Anonymous said...

As a single father, I knew that the best thing I could do for my son, entering into high school, was to place him in a private school school environment. I agree with the person who said, "Parents make decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of their children." However, when a child has had the success that this child has in a public school environment why move him going into his senior year? Also, if you are going to move him, why broadcast this in the newspapers? Reading this article was like reading about someone trying to put their child on the open market. "Bid him out to the highest bidder". This is not news worthy. This is high school. Who cares about the "High schools" you are interested in sending him? If this is something that you and your family are doing in the best interest of your child... then do it! Let us read about it after it happens, not before. Stories like this is why Private schools get bad publicity. But, for those of you who believe that all private schools are bad, please take a closer look. There are some programs who would not allow a kid to enter their senior year.

One more thing, Prep Insiders I will give you something that's New Worthy. "The boys and girls teams both won the ASPTT Limoges Sister Cities Tournament in France. Anthony Gill and Cierra Burdick were named MVPs as well as Reggie Arsino from Olympic High School.

Now that's a story!!!

Anonymous said...

I am still trying to figure out where the story is here. Because some family is exploring the possibility of a private school for their child....that is newsworthy. That's that problem now with so many of our young athletes today...WE give them so much in terms of media attention that sometimes they believe they have arrived. I would agree that it becomes a story when a high profile high school athlete transfers from one school to another....but NOT when the family is merely thinking about it. Let's get some perspective here...there has got to be some bigger stories out there than this one!

Anonymous said...

It appears as though the I-Meck has lost another kid. Heard that the guard from Vance HS is transfering to United Faith. Who could blame him? Successful program, successful coach, and players at that school are going on to play at the college level.

Anonymous said...

So, what you are saying is the only way to have a succesful program is to recruit? UF is successful because they recruit. Period! Vance, North Meck, East Meck, etc. have success through their programs because the coaches know how to COACH! Take Ian Miller off the UF team and what do you have? Bottom line is this...It's High School. This is not newsworthy. This kid who is thinking of moving to UF is a good player. He will be a D1 High Major recruit no matter where he is. If you do things decent and in order, God will bless you...no matter where you are.

Anonymous said...

props for bernard for leaving that dead-beat school. theres nothing there for him. being stuck on a garbage team with a garbage coach is only hurting him and star pointguard carlin bremner

Anonymous said...

Private school, better competition. Bottom line. Name one player in PUBLIC school who has the size and skill set of Sullivan. Draw a blank right? How many ALL-AMERICANS are from private schools. Why did Lebron, Melo, Durant, ect go to a private school. Also, the paper are the ones who made it news. Not the family. The father said its not diff from every other year.