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Manalapan Late Bloomer Dylan Sullivan Proves Himself on the Court as a Senior Earning His Shot at...

Manalapan Late Bloomer Dylan Sullivan Proves Himself on the Court as a Senior Earning His Shot at the Next Level


January 23, 2023

Manalapan, NJ: Manalapan late bloomer Dylan Sullivan proves himself on the court as a senior, earning his shot at the Next Level.

Dylan Sullivan's goal has always been to play basketball at the collegiate level.

His path to that goal may have been derailed for a minute, but his play during the 2022-23 season has put the senior guard back on track for the Manalapan Braves in Monmouth County, N.J.

A system player, the 6-1 170-pounder played on sub-varsity teams for two years before getting the starting nod on opening night as a junior on the varsity team last season.

After scoring 20 points that night, Sullivan was relegated to the bench by the old regime. He never received an explanation. He just sat the bench for meaningful minutes during the remainder of the season.

Enter this year's new Head Coach, Matt Conklin. Conklin started Sullivan on opening night, and he has remained there as the Braves navigate a 10-6 season with a 5-game winning streak.

Sullivan is averaging 6.0 points and 4.0 assists for the season and continues to improve as a combo guard. 

"I've just continued to work hard and get better,'' said Sullivan, a two-year starter on the varsity football team as a wide receiver/outside linebacker. "I'm getting more comfortable with each game, and we are improving as a team, which is the most important thing since I'm a team guy first.''

Sullivan was recently contacted by Penn State-Scranton. He's hoping this is one of many schools he'll be talking with as he gets his mid-season highlight reels together.

"I've been in contact with them for a few months,'' said Sullivan. "And we're progressing to the next steps. I'm happy to be on their radar.''

Sullivan has the body type and size to play on the collegiate level.

"Definitely,'' said Conklin. "He can shoot it. He can create his own shot and shots for others, and he really gets after it, especially on the defensive end.''

Sullivan remembers playing the game at the age of three with his father in the backyard.

As a multi-sport athlete, Dylan has demonstrated diverse skills. But for Sullivan ... "Basketball is my No. 1 sport. I remember my father working with me when I was three. I've been in love with it ever since.''

It's to the point where Sullivan has developed his own style.

"I'd consider myself a leader,'' said Sullivan. "I'm definitely a team-first guy, so my job is to get everyone involved and always stay the course. If things get a little crazy out there, I feel I can lead and get everyone on the same page.''

Scouting Report: Sullivan is a do-it-all combo guard who excels in all phases of the position. He can create his own shot off the dribble because he can shake and elude defenders and either pull up for the jumper or take the ball to the hoop with either hand. He's also a strong finisher with many moves along the way. He's a leader on the floor who also gets after it on the defensive end.''

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