Northland High School senior boys basketball player Jared Sullinger doesn't take for granted the value of having older brothers.

Northland High School senior boys basketball player Jared Sullinger doesn't take for granted the value of having older brothers.

As honor after honor have come his way, the 6-foot-9 senior who has been named ThisWeek's Super 12 Captain for the second consecutive season doesn't have many opportunities to let individuality get into his head.

"It's not hard (to stay humble)," said the Ohio State-signee, who also made the Super 12 as a freshman and sophomore. "I've got (brothers) Julian (Sullinger) and J.J. (Sullinger) constantly on my back. I can't let the individual stuff override team goals."

Many prep athletes as decorated as the Vikings star most responsible for lifting his program from the middle of the pack in the City League-North Division to being the nation's No. 1 team wouldn't have as much focus on the players on the bench beside him.

Sullinger, who is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,972 career points, recently picked up another big honor.

After being named Mr. Basketball in Ohio last year when he led Northland to its first state championship, Sullinger joined a group of players March 10 that includes LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as a Naismith Player of the Year.

Sullinger averaged 23.1 points and 12 rebounds and played in the McDonald's All-Star game last Wednesday at Ohio State.

Northland went 95-4 after Sullinger joined the program, and one of the losses occurred during his sophomore season when he was not in uniform.

While Sullinger's mental game became a strength last season, he believes a focus on improving his physical skills has helped him improve in 2009-10.

"My conditioning and athletic ability are better, and I've been able to finish over more athletic players," Sullinger said. "I've been working on (ball-handling) skills because sometimes I have to step out and get a rebound and take it down the floor. This year has been my most successful season because I've played hard every game."

Sullinger is the second member of his family to be named the captain, joining J.J. Sullinger, who was the captain as a senior in 2001 at Thomas Worthington. Julian Sullinger made the Super 12 team in 2004 as a senior at Northland.

"I think he's had a phenomenal year," said his father and coach, Satch Sullinger. "Jared's a winner. We run a program and not a star system, and his field-goal percentage speaks highly of where he's at. He's won four City championships, a state championship and three AAU national championships."

•ALSO ON FIRST TEAM -- Trey Burke (Northland, Jr., G), Jerry Dixon (Columbus East, Sr., G), Joe Graessle (Ready, Sr., G), Kevin Gray (Reynoldsburg, Sr., G), Michael Green (Dublin Coffman, Sr., C), Ralph Hill (Westerville North, Sr., F), Traevon Jackson (Westerville South, Jr., G), Nick Kellogg (DeSales, Sr., G), Brian Sullivan (Upper Arlington, Sr., G), Stevie Taylor (Gahanna, Jr., G) and J.D. Weatherspoon (Northland, Sr., F).

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•HONORABLE MENTION -- Matt Bingaya (Delaware, So., G), Rob Brandenberg (Gahanna, Sr., G), Giovannie Cartwright, Briggs, Sr., G), Bucky Chenault (Centennial, Sr., G), Matt Dawson (Newark Catholic, Sr., G), Ryan Dierks (Newark, Sr., G), Anthony Jackson (Gahanna, Sr., G), Zach Joseph (Olentangy Orange, Sr., G), Jordan Laster (Columbus East, Sr., F), Dejuan McGaughy (Marion-Franklin, Sr., G), Taylor Rieger (Olentangy Orange, Sr., G), Reuel Rogers (Bexley, Sr., C), Craig Sealey (Brookhaven, Sr., C), Max VanMeter (Westerville Central, Sr., F) and Trent Waybright (Pickerington North, Jr., G).

•PAST CAPTAINS -- Canal Winchester's B.J. Mullens (2008), Columbus West's Isaac Jefferson (1999), Eastmoor's Lamont Barnes (1994) and Ron Steward (2007), Reynoldsburg's Javonte' Clanton (2006), Brookhaven's Jamelle Cornley (2004, 2005), Andrew Lavender (2003) and Antwain Lavender (1998), Dublin Coffman's Chris Quinn (2002), Worthington Christian's Sam Smith (2000), Westland's Doug Davis (1996, 1997) and Westerville North's Shaun Stonerook (1995).