Drew Sullivan retires from international basketball

Great Britain captain Drew Sullivan is to retire from international basketball after a decade within the programme. He will call it a day after reaching exactly a centenary of appearances, having been a stalwart during London 2012.

“This was a massively tough decision and something that I went back and forth on, for quite a while,” he said.

“I’m going to miss representing my country and wearing the Great Britain vest. I’ll miss going out and playing with the guys that I’ve been with for over a decade. You build relationships with them when you’re in the trenches together and it’s going to be tough to see them playing when I’m not in the locker room, on the bench or in warmups.”

“But I’ve enjoyed it. I wish them all the best and I want the national team to be successful. I want them to be a team that we can be proud of.”

The 36 year-old’s decision to call it at a day marks the end of an era, with his 100 games coming from a possible 113 over the last ten years. 45 of them were in either EuroBasket or during the 2012 Olympic Games and when the heat was on competitlvely, he was 1st in offensive rebounds and 2nd in assists, steals and minutes on court.

Sullivan is the only current player involved in GB’s first training session of the modern era in 2006, with GB assistant coach Nate Reinking another. His standout performance statistically speaking, came early on when he dominated Belarus in a 2007 EuroBasket qualifier with 18 points, 6 assists and 3 blocks.

He starred in GB’s successful promotion campaign to get Great Britain out of Division B, averaging 10.6 points per game. The following season, Drew helped Great Britain to qualify for its first EuroBasket in 2009.

Sullivan was there again in 2011, where a developing team impressed and only missed out narrowly on the knockout stages. A further appearance at EuroBasket came in 2013, after an Olympic campaign at London 2012 in which he helped GB pushed eventual silver medallists Spain all the way and then beat China in their final game.

Source: GB Basketball
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