Taren Sullivan, a former men's basketball All-American at the University of Findlay, agreed to a contract with the Stockton Kings, a G-League affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, and will be one of 20 players in their NBA training camp this fall.
"I am very excited that I have the opportunity to represent the University of Findlay in this way," said Sullivan. "My time at Findlay was a life-changing experience that allowed me to not only grow as a basketball player, but more importantly, as a person."
Sullivan had an outstanding showing at the 2018 NBA G-League over the summer, leading the league in scoring at 18.5 points per game. He shot 63.6 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three point range during the event. He also had tryouts with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies before agreeing to his deal with the Kings.
"I definitely took the road less traveled as far as not getting to play in the high exposure events during the summer, but I stayed focused and remained patient. I knew my opportunities would be limited and people held my Division II background against me until they saw how I performed in person. I was lucky to get invited to several workouts from NBA teams and I am excited to take my first step in my professional career with the Kings."
As a senior with the Oilers during the 2017-18 campaign, Sullivan led the team to a berth in the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 and was a consensus All-American pick. The 2018 Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Player of the Year, Sullivan averaged 17.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as the Oilers finished the season with a 28-5 record.
As a junior, Sullivan averaged 18.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He led the team to a 25-7 record and a trip to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16.
A three-time all-conference pick and two-time all-region selection, Sullivan finished his career ranked 12th all-time at Findlay with 1,595 points. He averaged 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game during his tenure with the Oilers. His 310 assists during his career is the sixth-highest total in program history.
"We signed Taren out of Lima Bath High School in Lima, Ohio five years ago due to his talent, size and enormous potential," said Oilers head coach Charlie Ernst. "He deserves an awful lot of credit for his commitment to becoming the best player he can be and I know without a doubt that he will continue to represent our program and school very well. I truly believe the best is yet to come."
Sullivan is the first Oilers player to be signed by a NBA team since Josh Bostic did so in 2014 with the Detroit Pistons. Bostic, who led the Oilers to the 2009 NCAA Division II national championship and was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year, is currently playing professionally in Poland.
Overall, the Oilers have had 13 players earn professional basketball contracts since 2003. Charles Warren (2003), Roni Gordon (2003), Marwan Gaines (2005), Dustin Pfeifer (2006), Frank Phillips (2007), Josh Bostic (2009), Lee Roberts (2009), Morgan Lewis (2009), Rob Marsden (2012), Aaron Robinson (2013), Greg Kahlig (2014), Taren Sullivan (2018) and Martyce Kimbrough (2018) have or still are playing professional basketball across the globe.