Jared Sullinger (born March 4, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. He was drafted with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. In college, he played for Ohio State.
He was rated as the number 2 player in the class of 2010 in the ESPNU 100 the number 4 player by Scout.com, and the number 5 player by Rivals.com. In his senior year, Sullinger led Northland High School to a 21-0 season and a #1 national ranking. He averaged 24.5 points and 11.7 rebounds for the season. Sullinger played in the 4th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic.
Sullinger had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Ohio State debut. Sullinger's brother, J.J. Sullinger also attended Ohio State and played for coach Thad Matta. For the 2010-2011 season Jared Sullinger averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 31.7 minutes per game for the Buckeyes. Ohio State finished the regular season at 32-2 and was selected as the 2011 NCAA tournament's number one overall seed. The Buckeyes made it to the 'Sweet Sixteen' where they lost to Kentucky 62-60. Sullinger was named a First Team All-American by Fox Sports.
In what would be his final year at Ohio State, Sullinger led the Buckeyes to a 31-8 overall record (13-5 Big Ten). Sullinger averaged 17.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season. The Buckeyes advanced to the 'Final Four' of the 2012 NCAA tournament, where the team lost to the Kansas Jayhawks. Sullinger had 13 points in the game and was 5-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds in the loss. Five days after the loss, the two-time AP All-American declared he was entering the 2012 draft, where he was widely expected to be a lottery pick, until he was reportedly flagged by several teams after the Chicago pre-draft camp due to back issues.
On November 17, 2012, against the Toronto Raptors, Sullinger recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, as the Celtics won 107 to 89.
On December 25, 2012, against the Brooklyn Nets, Sullinger scored 16 points (tying a career high) on 6-7 shooting, to go along with 7 rebounds, as the Celtics won 93 to 76.
On January 9, 2013, against the Phoenix Suns, Sullinger had 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 12 points on 6-10 shooting. Two days later against the Houston Rockets, Sullinger recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Celtics won their 5th straight game.
On February 1, 2013, it was announced he would miss the rest of the season with a back injury.
On January 15, 2014, against the Toronto Raptors, Sullinger posted 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds. It was the first Celtic 20–20 game since Kevin Garnett had one in his debut game with the Celtics in 2007.
On February 7, 2014, Sullinger scored a career high 31 points, along with 16 rebounds, in a 99-89 win over the Sacramento Kings.
On September 3, 2013, Sullinger turned himself in to police after an alleged domestic assault on his girlfriend. He was charged with assault and battery, intimidation of a witness, and destruction of property. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. The charges were later dropped.