Feb. 16, 2009
AUBURN - Auburn's Frankie Sullivan was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 10.0 points and 3.0 assists in the Tigers' wins over Arkansas and Mississippi State, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday.
The Uniontown, Ala., native scored an SEC-high 14 points in 27 minutes off the bench in Auburn's 91-76 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday.
"I am very appreciative of winning this honor," said Sullivan. "It was one of my goals to be named SEC Freshman of the Week and also to be named SEC Freshman of the Year. I like the way our team is playing, and I like the way Coach is playing me. Our team is playing the way we have been practicing."
Sullivan totaled six points, four assists and a steal in only 18 minutes as Auburn completed a season sweep of Arkansas last Wednesday. His insertion into the lineup helped the Tigers turn a 10-point second half deficit into a comfortable 75-62 come-from-behind victory over the Razorbacks.
"Frankie plays with confidence," said Auburn head coach Jeff Lebo. "I don't have any problem putting him in any game situations for a freshman. He's been a big lift for our team, gives us depth in the backcourt. Typically this is a time of year where you'll see freshmen hit a wall a little bit, but he seems to be getting stronger at this point in the season."
Sullivan is averaging 7.1 points in only 19.2 minutes this season while shooting 41.1 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from 3-point range.