Hawkeyes Offer Son of Former Iowa State Basketball Star

February 17, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

Hawkeye Nation

Jake Sullivan is a good sport. He’s also a good dad.

That allowed the former Iowa State basketball star to put his allegiances aside Saturday. He was visiting Iowa with his son, Justice Sullivan, for a football junior day.

Justice is a rising prospect from Eden Prairie (MN) High.

“The things you do for your children,” Jake joked on Twitter during the campus stop.

The older Sullivan, who launched and ran one of Iowa’s top AAU basketball programs, Kingdom Hoops, moved back to his native Minnesota last year. The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently ran an inspirational feature on he and his family.

He arrived in Iowa City Saturday with an open mind. He left town with an appreciation for the Hawkeyes.

“He was very happy with their program,” said Justice, who received his first scholarship offer from Iowa this weekend.

The Class of 2021 athlete could end up at his father’s college rival. And they’d be OK with that.

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“He wouldn’t have a problem with anywhere that I go. He said I can pick whatever is best for me,” Justice said.

Justice (6-1, 215) played his freshman season at Huxley (IA) Ballard Community High. He recorded 64.5 tackles as a ninth-grader.

The Hawkeyes see Sullivan as a defensive lineman or a linebacker, depending on how his body matures before he arrives in college. And now he knows he’ll be going to college for free and playing football at the next level.

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“I would just say it just means a lot that they were the first school to offer me. That really means a lot,” he said.

The Iowa staff made Sullivan feel at home during the junior day.

“What stood out to me the most were the coaches and how they communicated with me. They made me feel like family,” he said. “I learned that Iowa has a great football tradition and that they really care about their players.

“I feel like I would fit in very well there because of the way the program is built. It’s just a great football school.”

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Sullivan is taking his time with the recruiting process. He’s interested in seeing how things go when he camps at colleges this summer.

While he’s unsure of what his major will be in college, he likes the idea of becoming an athletic trainer.

Here’s a look at Sullivan’s sophomore highlights:

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