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2011 forward Bernard Sullivan was a heavy lean to Clemson before Oliver Purnell left for DePaul this spring. The 6-8, 215-pound North Mecklenburg (Huntersville, N.C.) standout, who eyes a big AAU season with Team Charlotte, now has no clear favorite.

“I was pretty sold out to Clemson, but now I’m open to everybody,” said Sullivan, who is not sure when he may be ready to make a commitment. “It definitely is a big change because Coach Purnell left, although he is talking to me at DePaul now since he went over.”

Sullivan is open to all schools, but he listed Davidson, Harvard, North Carolina-Charlotte, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech as schools that are currently high on his list. This summer, “I’m definitely trying to make sure I get to some school camps. I haven’t set any dates just yet,” Sullivan said. “I’m going to go to AAU camps and showcases.”

Sullivan plans to attend camp at both Virginia and Virginia Tech. He updated the latest with both programs.

“I’ve talked recently to [UVa] assistant coach McKay,” Sullivan said. “He just said they are real interested in me. They are evaluating me. They saw me and think I’m good on the court and off the court with my grades and that’s the kind of player they want. So they’re real interested in me.

“With Virginia Tech, the guy recruiting me the most went down to UNC-Charlotte, but I still have the offer from Virginia Tech and I like Coach Greenberg. I received an e-mail from them recently and they want me to call.”

As a junior this past season, Sullivan averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists per contest. More of a force in the post at this point in his basketball career, Sullivan has been working to improve his abilities on the perimeter.

“I’m more confident in the post still, but I’m getting more confident and under control on the perimeter,” Sullivan said. “It depends on the match-up. I can take bigger guys outside but I can post up smaller guys. I’m getting comfortable with whatever match-up I have now.”

Sullivan was certainly