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Boys basketball: Time on the bench motivates Lyons senior captain

<p>Lyons' Jim Cullen (middle) shoots a layup &nbsp;| Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media &nbsp;</p>

Lyons' Jim Cullen (middle) shoots a layup  | Jon Langham/For Sun-Times Media  

Lyons boys basketball senior captain wasn't blessed with great size but he's compensating for it, and then some, with his hard work, according to High School Cube News.

When talking to teammates or coaches about Lyons guard Jim Cullen, they acknowledge that he is not the tallest guy on the team.

But they also are quick to point out that he more than makes up for it with his enormous work habits.  

Cullen, who’s listed at 5-foot-9, did not play a bunch of minutes as a junior, but this season he has carved a niche in the rotation for the Lions (3-3, 1-1).

“Ever since Jim was in grade school as a camper, he is not as big as the other guys, that is obvious,” said Lyons coach Tom Sloan. “But that has never stopped him. He loves basketball. It is the typical story of somebody that has it in their mind that they are going to be good at something.

“He works as hard, or harder than anybody else, at everything. He gets in the weight room and works hard in the weight room. He works on his skills, he works on his conditioning and he plays [basketball] all the time.”

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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