After handing the nation's top prep team its first loss in 19 months, proud coach and father Satch Sullinger had this to say about his son Jared: "He could be in the band and if he approached marching the same way he approached basketball, I'd be just as proud."
It's a good thing for Thad Matta his 2010 recruit never picked up a flugelhorn.
Sullinger finished with 32 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks against Findlay Prep in front of a national television audience on ESPN. He also finished 10/10 at the charity stripe, none as important as the two free throws he drilled with four seconds on the clock to secure 53-52 win.
Sullinger's night is even more impressive given that his team's 2nd-leading scorer, J.D. Weatherspoon sat out with an injured ankle.
And can we talk a little bit about Findlay Prep? The first thing you should know is that nobody at Findlay Prep takes math, history or physics. It's not even a school. Because of that, schools from two states, California and Georgia aren't even allowed to play against the team.
The Henderson, Nevada club team plays a national schedule with entire lineups made up of D1 recruits and in just three years of existence, has quickly become the top "prep" team in the land (the team has an all-time record of 75-1). Attracting players from all over the world, the Pilots' top player, future Longhorn Tristan Thompson is a Canadian.
So, yeah, huge win for Sullinger and the #13 Vikings Thursday night. And the Harrison Barnes/Jared Sullinger debate should go up a notch. Ames, Iowa? Really?