CORKMAN, and Irish senior basketball international player Adrian O’Sullivan, from Ballincollig, has just signed his third professional basketball contract with Spanish side Aquimisa Carbajosa of the Liga Espanolo de Baloncesto (LEB Silver).
Aquimisa Carbajosa is located in the beautiful Carbajosa de la Sagraga in the province of Salamanca on the North western coast of Spain.
This is a great move for O’Sullivan, who spent his last two years playing professionally with Reading Rocket’s ( England) and Bramsche Red Devils ( Germany).
Before moving into the professional ranks Adrian started out play all his underage basketball with Ballincollig in the Cork local Leagues before moving to Blue Demons, where he had a very successful spell with the Northside club, and went on to win multiple National League trophies.
“The team name of my new club is Aquimisa Carbajosa, they are from Salamanca in Spain,” said Adrian.
“The move came about through an contact with a Spanish agent during lockdown.
"I reached out to the agent and we spoke about possible moves, and different opportunities in Europe. LEB Silver is the name of the league I’ll will be playing in this year.
"It’s the third league in Spain.
"It’s quite a high standard, a fast paced, and very skilled game with a lot of quick guards and outside shooters.
"With all going well I’ll be on a flight to Madrid, and onward to Salamanca at the end of August for a week of pre-season before the season starts early October.”
O’Sullivan, who previously played with Blue Demon’s, however, his boyhood club Ballincollig were recently promoted to the men’s SuperLeague for the coming season, which gave him a big decision to make.
“The last couple of years the lads in Ballincollig have had great success, and of course you want to be a part of that.
"There’s nothing like success with the boys you’ve grown up with, and I toyed with the idea of staying at home this season more so than others as they are now headed into the SuperLeague.
"However, there’s plenty of time for that in the future. I’ve been lucky enough to have some great experiences playing abroad, and playing in a league like LEB Silver will be both a great challenge, and opportunity for me.”
This is a major step up for Adrian, as the level of basketball will be a lot higher than he would have been accustomed to in his previous clubs.
“The goals for the new season as a team will of course to be playing at a high level like most, but also playing our best basketball come the post season.
"I’m excited for the new opportunity and looking forward to the season ahead,” O’Sullivan added.