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    Default Nice story about former Tartan great, Jake Sullivan

    http://m.startribune.com/jake-sulliv...ge/505360762/#

    The frosted doors welcoming MSP International passengers slide open every few minutes. A family waiting 20 feet away looks each time, hoping to see someone they have missed dearly appear.

    The kids are fidgety, but their dad is calm. He squats to let his 5-year-old climb onto his back, careful not to squish the bouquet of flowers he is holding in his left hand. He’d made a quick stop at a florist on the way here. A moment like this deserves a fresh arrangement.

    Jake Sullivan hasn’t seen his wife in nearly seven months. She was supposed to be gone only 10 days when she left for Africa to finalize their adoption of an 11-year-old boy with HIV.
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    I read this story. Fascinating. I knew him when he was a freshman and worked at the school but didn’t know about his health concerns.

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    He was insane in high school. I played against him a few times growing up in AAU - he had Steph Curry range and incredible accuracy. Was he recruited by the U?

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    Quote Originally Posted by C'Mon Man View Post
    He was insane in high school. I played against him a few times growing up in AAU - he had Steph Curry range and incredible accuracy. Was he recruited by the U?
    I kind of think the U passed on him because he was only 6' and he wasn't a true point. He wasn't really what Clem was looking for. But, I could be remembering poorly

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    Quote Originally Posted by MennoSota View Post
    I kind of think the U passed on him because he was only 6' and he wasn't a true point. He wasn't really what Clem was looking for. But, I could be remembering poorly
    Cue the "Clem couldn't recruit in state" takes

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    Quote Originally Posted by MennoSota View Post
    I kind of think the U passed on him because he was only 6' and he wasn't a true point. He wasn't really what Clem was looking for. But, I could be remembering poorly
    Clem wasn't the coach when Sullivan graduated. Clem left after the 98-99 season. Sullivan's first year in college was 2000-2001. But yeah, he should have landed Sullivan for the Gophers, after he was fired. Completely agree!

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    I remember watching Sullivan in that state title game. Man, he could get buckets from ANYWHERE. Amazing competitor too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Clem wasn't the coach when Sullivan graduated. Clem left after the 98-99 season. Sullivan's first year in college was 2000-2001. But yeah, he should have landed Sullivan for the Gophers, after he was fired. Completely agree!
    Jake wanted to play at the U badly, but Clem didn't recruit him hardly at all. Clem was fired in March of 1999 and Jake signed with Iowa State in November of 1999, so Clem was the Gophers coach responsible for recruiting him through Jake's junior year. By the time the scandal happened and Monson got here, he had no chance at Jake. While Clem had a streak where he got most of the best players in the state, that started changing at the tail end of his career at the U. It wasn't that most kids wanted to leave the state like we are seeing now, it was more that he wasn't recruiting the players who wanted to be here that ended up being stars - obviously El-Amin we originally got the commitment from and then Russ punched him and he went to UCONN, but Sullivan and Troy Bell both wanted to play here and Clem didn't want them for some reason. Darius Lane wanted to play at the U but he and Joel apparently didn't get along and didn't want to play together. We made the right choice at the time in taking Joel, but Darius would have been a good player at the U.

    It would have been interesting to see what Clem could have done with the amount of talent the State is producing now.

    Go Gophers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by UpAndUnder43 View Post
    Clem wasn't the coach when Sullivan graduated. Clem left after the 98-99 season. Sullivan's first year in college was 2000-2001. But yeah, he should have landed Sullivan for the Gophers, after he was fired. Completely agree!
    Thanks for the snark...and the accurate reporting. Your memory is acute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    Jake wanted to play at the U badly, but Clem didn't recruit him hardly at all.
    This decision has got to rank in the top 5 of all time Minnesota sports blunders.

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    I played against Jake Sullivan in basketball a ton growing up. I kept him under 20 once. . .he didn't play in the second half because they were up by like 40, but still, I kept him to like 18 that game.

    Watching him warm up was one of the craziest things I've ever seen. I remember him standing at the three point range, hitting a countless threes and not needing a rebounder (he'd make them so that they hit the back part of the rim and bounce back to him). It was insane.

    He is the greatest shooter I've ever seen in person.

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    A must read. This is a story of Hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    Jake wanted to play at the U badly, but Clem didn't recruit him hardly at all. Clem was fired in March of 1999 and Jake signed with Iowa State in November of 1999, so Clem was the Gophers coach responsible for recruiting him through Jake's junior year. By the time the scandal happened and Monson got here, he had no chance at Jake. While Clem had a streak where he got most of the best players in the state, that started changing at the tail end of his career at the U. It wasn't that most kids wanted to leave the state like we are seeing now, it was more that he wasn't recruiting the players who wanted to be here that ended up being stars - obviously El-Amin we originally got the commitment from and then Russ punched him and he went to UCONN, but Sullivan and Troy Bell both wanted to play here and Clem didn't want them for some reason. Darius Lane wanted to play at the U but he and Joel apparently didn't get along and didn't want to play together. We made the right choice at the time in taking Joel, but Darius would have been a good player at the U.

    It would have been interesting to see what Clem could have done with the amount of talent the State is producing now.

    Go Gophers!!
    Interesting tidbit about Darius Lane and Pryz. I was well aware of the Bell/Sullivan snubs but hadn't heard that one.

    Do you recall if Clem showed any interest towards Jibrahn Ike, while we're taking this stroll down late 90's MN high school ball lane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MennoSota View Post
    Thanks for the snark...and the accurate reporting. Your memory is acute.
    It is...but google helps me confirm as well. I was just a kid during the Haskins era, at least most of it. No internet, games weren't always televised. Hard to explain to my younger coworkers that the Gophers were a powerhouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeppelin Gopher View Post
    Interesting tidbit about Darius Lane and Pryz. I was well aware of the Bell/Sullivan snubs but hadn't heard that one.

    Do you recall if Clem showed any interest towards Jibrahn Ike, while we're taking this stroll down late 90's MN high school ball lane?
    We had very little interest. Ike was a great HS player who could score at will, but was probably a bit too slow for high major teams, but you could tell he was a good player. A similar player a few years back who I really wanted the Gophers to offer was Quinton Hooker from Park Center. The kid could flat out play, but the big schools were not knocking on his door due to his size, but he went on to have a great career at ND.

    Go Gophers!!

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