Auburn Basketball: Frankie Sullivan Shines for Tigers on Offense

Brandon MillerContributor IDecember 26, 2011

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 14:  Frankie Sullivan #20 of the Auburn Tigers reacts during the final moments of the  94-85 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers during the Semifinal round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 14, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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While Auburn fell to 8-3 on the season after going 1-2 in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic over Christmas weekend, finishing fourth out of eight teams, the Tigers learned several things about their team.

One thing that is well known amongst the Auburn Family is that junior guard Frankie Sullivan is by far the best shooter on the team.

Sullivan averages 13.7 points per game for the Tigers, which is almost two points above senior forward Kenny Gabriel, who ranks second in scoring.

The Uniontown, Ala., native thrives from beyond the arc. He shoots an astounding 40 percent, making 27-70 from beyond the arc. The percentage went up four percent after the Diamond Head Classic.

Against Hawaii, in the opening round, Sullivan scored a game-high 17 points. Not only did he shoot six for 12 from the field, but the guard was also three for seven from downtown.

In Auburn's second game, against Long Beach State, Sullivan solidified any doubt that he wasn't the best offensive threat on the Tigers roster.

Sullivan rounded up another game-high 22 points after shooting 8-16 from the field and an unbelievable six of nine from beyond the arc.

Being the only player on the roster that started for Auburn in 2009-10 adds experience, but it also comes with an asterisk.

Sullivan tore his ACL prior to the 2010-11 season. After returning shortly into the season, Sullivan reaggravated his ACL after only playing in six games, causing him to miss the remainder of the year.

Due to a lack of playing time, Sullivan received a medical redshirt.

Only a junior on the court, Sullivan brings leadership to the Auburn squad in every aspect of the game. When he is on the court, Auburn's chances of winning are much higher.

For the Tigers to compete for an SEC West title, Sullivan must continue to play well. Otherwise, Auburn will find itself with a new challenge in finding another consistent offensive scorer.