Meet the Player – Adrian O’Sullivan

What does it mean to you signing for Reading Rockets?

“It’s a dream come true; a lot of kids in Ireland dream of playing basketball at a professional level. I’m really excited to be a part of such a successful club. Playing in a professional set-up has been a goal of mine for some time now and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Rockets, who are constantly pursuing a high level of success.” 

How did the contact come about?

“Since the end of last season, I had been looking to play elsewhere and when I heard that Alan Keane received the Head Coach role with Rockets it was a perfect opportunity to reach out. Of course, the Irish link attracted me to the club right away. Both my uncle and father had been previously linked with coach Keane through basketball here in Ireland.

Your family has played a key role in your career. Tell us more…

“My family have had biggest influence on me in terms of my career to date. Both my parents played and coached at a national and international level for years. I have an older brother who also has a number of senior caps for his country and more recently has been involved in the development of young players in Ireland. I have an uncle and a couple of younger cousins who have also played at European championships and with all of this in one, it was easy to be steeped in the game as I grew up.”

What do you do away from basketball?

“Away from the game of basketball you would find me with friends. I tend not to watch a whole lot of Netflix or play the Xbox. I’d have an interest in soccer and the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) in Ireland.”

With what three words would you describe yourself? 

“Determined, honest and outgoing.” 

What do you know about Reading?

“I know Reading is in the south-east England and just a short trip from London, which of course is very attractive. It is where the London Irish are based and also is one of the top areas for economic success.”