Embarrassment of Riches: Syracuse Adds Another 5-Star Stud in McCullough

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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


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  1. Dr. Bill says:

    Where is Carlton at? Did he not say that we had hurt our chances foe Isaiah Whithead with the signing of Ron Patterson?…..Appears his assessment was not based on much! Patterson’s signing improved our ability to sign McCullough……And McCulloug”s signing will enhance our ability to sign Whitehead. Looks like Jimmy B. and the Cuse know what they are doing when it comes to recruiting. And i will say it again: Ron patterson will be a good pick up for us…go Cuse.

  2. Andrew says:

    And this just in Dakari Johnson has reclassified to 2013. Rumor is that it’s between Cuse and Florida. Just wow.

  3. Andrew says:

    Whitehead is no guarantee but I know he is high on Syracuse. Having both of them would be great for Cuse

  4. CoachDuff says:

    Dakari Johnson most likely is not coming to the Cuse. I’d say he is a going to be a Gator unless Kentucky works last minute wonders on him. He has been playing with Florida commit Kasey Hill(#2 PG in class of 2013) at Montverde Academy. Also if rumors are true that the Cuse is a firm leader for Tyler Roberson and he is likely to commit within a week then the Cuse simply does not have an offer to give.

  5. AJ says:

    How can he be a “natural scorer” but his game reminds you of Rak Christmas? Seems contradictory.

    I’m pumped for this get. Nice job, coaches.

  6. CoachDuff says:

    Yeah comparing his game to Rak’s is a bit of a head scratcher athleticism yes everything else no. McCullough’s game I believe is most comparable to Austin Daye out of Gonzaga and now with Pistons in the NBA.

  7. Andrew says:

    I wouldnt say we have no shot at Dakari. He LOVES Cuse and has a good relationship with JB. I would say we are definitely in the running. As for Roberson, I would put my money on Nova.

  8. Kevin Fitzgerald says:

    Hey guys. Yes, I meant his size and frame was similar’s to Rakeem Christmas. But his outside game is so much more developed.

    I also agree that Dakari is not a no shot. His visit went so well a couple months ago.

  9. Carlton says:

    @Dr.Bill, McCullough was a strong lean to SU before Patterson was ever in the picture my man. He was at the elite camp this summer and it really was just a matter of time before he committed. Was a lot of chatter he was gonna commit last week. Yes Whitehead has talked package deal but a lot of that talk was before Patterson committed. It sure helps having McCullough but doesn’t make it a done deal. If whitehead did come he be the 4th guard on the team. Ennis, TC, Pat an him. Now say you wanted to go small (bearing in mind everyone stayed/committed)the forward position would be crowed as well. You could have BJ, Roberson, J-grant, Gbinije. So I kindly ask you how do you see him getting that many minutes?

    So how is my “assessment” not based on much? In a post that the fizz staff has removed I provided a link to a couple different sources. One being the Nytimes. Are they not reliable for information? I’m sure if you goggled it or followed recruiting at all you could find the article. Espn also touches on the Whitehead concern as well. Do some research Dr.

    My issue /w this class is that there are bigger fish left to catch and SU is acting like drunken pac-man jones in a strip club making it rain scholarships. Can any of you honestly /w a straight face say you rather have BJ over Lawrence? Or Patterson over Vonleh? Or Chino over DJ? This class could have been huge. Like on par /w UK IF SU just exercised a little patience’s. Keep in mind The early signing period has not even started yet. It’s hard to not be a little disappointed an not wonder what if?

    @CuseOnly, I never passed my other post off as “fact” it was clearly my opinion. So calling me a “tool” just makes you look like a fool. Every player at this level has a ego. They all feel they are better then the next guy so to not assume Sheldon was a litte hurt after SU went so hard after young is just foolish. Was it the deciding factor who knows I doubt it but I know for sure it did not help us.

  10. Jameson44 says:

    Carlton… go jump off a bridge. Syracuse has always recruited this way and the coaches are a lot smarter than you and the articles you read. Because Kentucky is recruiting one year players doesn’t mean everyone else has to follow suit to be succesful. Syracuse is a succesful program doing things the way they’ve always done by finding one or two really good players and gettting guys that compliment them and other guys they can devlop into good players. Syracuse is a basketball program not a factory. Maybe the syracuse staff didnt want selden or go after young as hard as you say or think. Maybe we will still get one of the top forwards… your not part of the program you just read the same crap as the rest of and make assumptions which make you sound like a tool. Get over it dude they’ll be good with who they got.

  11. the dipper says:

    Carlton…you’re more respected than some of these IDIOTS, when it comes to this site…KEEP BEING THE CARLTON “We know!”

    @jame44…Dumbass, SU always recruits like wat? Leave five top20 guys with interest in SU, uncommitted, and take lesser recruits? Hey cool guy…different interpretations for the same thing = perspective…every human has their own opinion and perspective…..Doh!

    @Dr. Bilf….Patterson /McC connection you made was lackluster and trivial…are you a street pharmacist

    @FizzFam…(if you don’t know us, ignore message lol)..be serious, Carlton is RIGHT: we don’t have the scholarships available to offer Roberson, Lawrence, Dakari, Wiggins, or anyone else. THEY JUMPED THE GUN,SU BLEW IT! Why would 2014 recruits be HUGE news? 2013 recruits suck….I SAID IT. Patterson, BJ, or Oco should have no offer. This class looks like the Terrance Robert/ Nichols class, not the Jonny/Donte Greene, WE ALL HOPED FOR..after Ennis committed! HCJB doesn’t want 1&done players? HOW CAN RECRUITING BE FINISHED, WITH BETTER RECRUITS AVAILABLE….thanx usa bball, thanx for both our head coaches, not recruiting this summer! SU suffered on the recruiting trail….@CARLTON IS CORRECT…this class was put together by two assistants!

  12. the dipper says:

    Stop being AMERICAN IDIOTs….. Lol! Like poor people voting for Republicans that rob them blind, take their savings, their homes, jobs, invest robust amounts of money in wars, take Big bird away, pay less taxes despite having more money……..If HCJB ran for president, we’d say his Recruiting plan lacks focus, and the future Dow will be down in ’13-’14 season?

  13. Jameson44 says:

    Dip i can see why you would stick up for Carlton…your obviously a moron like he is. You are right about one thing though every idiot like you two are entitled to their own opinions even though its a stupid one. Recruiting is fine and Syracuse will continue to be a top program. You people look at stars and thats all that matters to you. Has nothing to do with potential and how a players will fit into your program right? has nothing to do with if a kid will be here three or four years right? MCW wasnt even a top 100 recruit when he committed. Hows that working out? Rautins had 2 stars. How was is SU career? Arinze… 2stars… He was pretty good. You guys are ridiculous. JB contributes to an Olympic gold and thats bad for Syracuse? Oh no not enough stars… sky is falling… day is turning into night. Relax scooter coaches have been at this a while and know what they are doing.

  14. Dr. bill says:

    As far as all of the big fish that SU left on the table in favor of lesser recruits. No guarantee we get the big fish!!! If these guys wanted to commit, they had the opportunity.

    I trust JB will know what to do with the players he has on the roster.
    I think we sign one more top player this year and our class will be very good!

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