Jim Boeheim and Orange hoops reeled in five more stars last night. That’s 14 stars over the last three weeks if you’re keeping count. Five-star Class of 2014 PF Chris McCullough became the latest Syracuse commit, a day after his Brewster Academy teammate, Ron Patterson, also chose SU. It was a no-brainer for the Bronx native.
“When I was on their campus, I felt I was at home already. They showed me the most love. I felt like I fit in there.”
The Orange has now received four commitments over the last three weeks. Rochester C Chino Obokoh and Pennsylvania swingman BJ Johnson both committed three weeks ago, but McCullough is the biggest splash. Ranked the third-best power forward in the nation for his class, the 6’10” 220 lb. forward has incredible athletic ability and basketball IQ. His moves around the rim are slick, and is a terrific ball-handler for his size. McCullough is a natural scorer.
McCullough picked Syracuse over schools like St. John’s, Kansas, Louisville and others. His commitment could also be the first of a two-part deal. McCullough and 2014 Lincoln HS SG Isaiah Whitehead have talked about being a package deal. The 5-star Whitehead was excited for his buddy last night as he took to Twitter.
“For Everyone That Wants To Know How I Feel About [McCullough] Committing I’m Happy For Him Its A Great Move”
If Whitehead to Syracuse was looking good before, now it’s looking great. Syracuse’s hoops recruiting front is becoming daily headlines news. With the possibility of McCullough reclassifying to the Class of ’13, things could be heating up. In addition to Whitehead, SU is high on now re-classified ‘13 Center Dakari Johnson who had a great visit to the Hill back in September. And don’t forget about ’15 PG Isaiah Briscoe, who happens to be the little brother of former SU women’s basketball star Iasia Hemingway.
McCullough’s game reminds a lot of people of Rakeem Christmas’. Adding a 6’10” stud adds to an already formidable front court could mean big things in the Dome.
The future is looking mighty bright as SU heads to the ACC next season. It’s been a blazing month on the recruiting trail. It seems like only a matter of time before Boeheim and the Orange reel in yet another big catch.
Posted: Kevin Fitzgerald