AURORA – It will be somewhat of a homecoming for Mick Sullivan whenever he's able to step foot on campus at Quincy University.
Sullivan, the former Marmion standout and the program's all-time blocks leader, announced on social media last week that he is transferring away from DePaul University following his sophomore season.
Sullivan will continue his athletic career at Quincy University, a Division II school in Quincy, Illinois.
"Another huge part of Quincy for me was my Dad played there, and my Grandpa actually played there too," Sullivan said. "My Grandpa was probably just as excited about it as anyone was and my Dad too."
Shawn Sullivan, Mick's father, played from 1995 through 1998. Jim Newport, Sullivan's maternal grandfather, played from 1963-1966
Before landing at DePaul, Quincy was part of Sullivan's recruiting process in high school, which included a visit when he was a senior.
"They have new assistant coaches since they recruited me the last time," Sullivan said. "As soon as my name entered the transfer portal, they were on it. They were talking to me a lot...I really like the coaching staff there. I really liked the program."
The 6-foot-8 Sullivan played in seven career games for the Blue Demons, and signed on as a preferred walk-on when committing out of high school.
"I loved DePaul. I loved the coaching staff, and they were great to me...but I think I just needed a change of scenery," Sullivan said. "I really miss being on the court and playing and having my family there to watch me play."
Sullivan informed DePaul coach Dave Leitao of his intention to transfer in mid to late March.
"Playing at DePaul, we had guys that were really, really talented; guys that are going to [have] professional careers," Sullivan said. "The biggest thing that I took away from DePaul was how much better I got there over the past two years of practice having to guard those guys day in and day out."
Sullivan said he's put on approximately 20 pounds of muscle since entering DePaul, and his overall game has improved on the court since his high school days.
"I can shoot the ball a lot better. I can step out. I can shoot threes. I can space the floor a lot better in a five-out offense or a four-out," Sullivan said. "And, I'm still able to run the floor really well like I was in high school...my court vision has improved a lot too."
Sullivan will now look to be a solid complimentary piece to leading scorer Tanner Stuckman, who averaged nearly 19 points per game last season.
"I think that me and him would fit really well together on the court and compliment each other really well," Sullivan said.