The 6 foot 8 inch Great Britain captain capped a stunning season, after he lead the national team at the London Olympics, by helping Riders to their first ever League Championship, the BBL Cup and the BBL Play-offs. He was also selected as Playoff Final MVP, when Riders were surprisingly comfortable winners over the powerhouse Newcastle Eagles.
For Sullivan, it was a relatively easy decision, “From my standpoint, and at this stage of my career, continuity is very important. We have had a great season, but I have really enjoyed being with my team mates and seeing the way the potential of this team has been realized.”
“I believe great teams are built by getting the right guys with the correct mentality together, and in my nearly two seasons with the Riders, we have seen that progression.”
He continued, “It is great seeing players like Jamell Anderson and Connor Washington progress, and the team work and support from solid guys like Barry Lamble and Yorick Williams, and with the new guys brought in last season, we were able to deliver some outstanding results.”
“I am also hopeful my signing will be a message to other guys in the team that the Riders are a team going places, and we should not be content with what we have achieved so far. This team can get better. I am very comfortable with the Club, I really appreciate all the support we get from the fans and in the community, so it feels absolutely right.”
Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was delighted to get Sullivan committed to the Club, “Drew was the best in the BBL last season, bar none. He delivered an outstanding level of performance night in and night out, and really set the bar very high for the other guys. I am absolutely delighted he is coming back for his third season with the Riders.”
“Drew gives so many things to the team, and adjusts his game to the demands of the team and the demands of winning that it is really hard to think about how to replace him. Now I have the easier task – how to build around him. It was a crucial signing for us.
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