Great Britain Captain Drew Sullivan rejoins the Riders after playing for the London Lions last season.
Drew moved from his London home to the United States in 1996 where he attended St. Augustine College Preparatory School, in Richland, New Jersey. In his prep career he scored 1,368 points, averaging 19.8 PPG as a senior. Coached by Paul Rodio his team had a 24-6 record and he was named in the first team all-state as well as being voted as South Jersey Player of the Year 1999.
In 1999, Andrew enrolled in the School of Arts & Sciences at Villanova University, home of the Wildcats basketball team where he graduated in 2003. The gifted athlete was Villanova’s most versatile defender and could guard four positions. The point forward (can play both point guard and more predominantly power forward) is able to run the floor well and his long arms and quick feet make him a strong rebounder.
After leaving Villanova in 2003, Sullivan travelled to the Netherlands to sign a professional contract with leading Dutch club EiffelTowers from the city of Nijmegen. After just one season in Holland, Andrew returned to his homeland and immediately signed for leading British Basketball League team the Newcastle Eagles in 2004. Despite being pipped to the league title by just two points, “Sulli’s” season was incredibly successful. Not only did he help his win the Championship Play-offs in a 78-75 win over the Chester Jets, but he was also the game high scorer with 27 points and was named as the MVP of the Championship.
With every title won in just two years in England, seemingly Sullivan’s work there was done and a fresh challenge was sought after. Europe came calling again and this time, he jumped at the chance of playing with European basketball’s elite in the Euroleague. In the summer of 2006, he signed for Spanish ACB club Joventut Badalona, where he joined fellow Brits Robert Archibald and Andy Betts. Following a short stint back in Newcastle Sullivan quickly moved on to CSK VVS Samara of the Russian basketball league where he also played in the EuroChallenge.
Sullivan joined the Leicester Riders in 2011 catapulting them to up the BBL table and all the way to BBL Final where they came up short against his old club, the Newcastle Eagles. The following year, Drew was part of the historic Riders roster that completed the treble in the 2012/13 season.