Syracuse Keeps an Eye on Commit Chris McCullough During His Senior Year

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Chris McCullough has been an honorary member of Orange Nation since November when he verbally committed to join Jim Boeheim’s squad.

The 6’9” forward from Brewster Academy would potentially step into the SU rotation in ’14, after C.J. Fair graduates. The two are similar in size. Fair is 6’8” 215 pounds and McCullough is 6’9″, 210 pounds. Both went to Brewster Academy. But CM’s has a far higher ceiling than Fair. McCullough is one of the most sought after recruits in the nation. He is the fourth best recruit at the power forward position, he’s ranked second in his region, and he’s listed as the No. 1 player in New York. He had offers from elite programs like Kansas, Indiana, and Louisville.

Syracuse fans know Boeheim isn’t one to start freshmen. He likes them to sit back, and watch and learn his system. And it’s too early to tell what SU’s roster would look like IF McCullough signed with the Orange. But college expectations are high for McCullough. He made his verbal early, indicating how strong his interest is in SU. He has the size, mobility, speed, and athleticism that will likely translate well to next level. With McCullough’s skill, size, talent, he appears to be the type of player to have a big role as a freshman wherever he decides, He’s a five-star ESPN recruit and scouts give him a 94 out of 100 score.

The kid can fly and he’s very athletic. He can shoot from the similar spots as Fair, but nobody should be surprised when he takes off through the air. He can play above the rim. A ’14-’15 lineup that included Tyler Ennis at point guard, upperclassmen DaJuan Coleman and Rakeem Christmas, plus Jerami Grant, Trevor Cooney, BJ Johnson, Tyler Roberson, Rob Patterson and Chino Obokoh would have some serious depth.

But that’s still more than a year away. All eyes are on McCullough as he enters his senior season. Hopefully for Orange fans, down the road he’ll be high-flying at the Dome, looking even better than Fair.

Programming note: McCullough will join Fizz Radio Saturday from 9-10 a.m. on The Score 1260.

Posted: Austin Pollack


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  1. Ron says:

    @Austin Pollack;

    That’s a preeeeeeeeetttttty strong statement that you’ve made here.Better than CJ Fair,is that even possible? WOW!!!!!!!

  2. Bill says:

    * “a far higher ceiling than Fair”……. Not better

  3. Sdjohn says:

    I think you may want to change this before “Ron” Patterson gets his feelings hurt.

  4. chris says:

    I’ve seen his height listed as tall as 6’11″ Considering the upside of his ability that could be a monster type of player for the team. I like having a kid like that playing for us.Maybe he brings the rebounding to his game as well. Mike is going to need a center in his incoming class as well.This time perhaps we can go for talent over reputation.The high end board and block kind of guy.Defense inside the paint is crucial to a zone defense.

  5. Carlton says:

    Chris- he was listed at 6’11 but was measured with out shoes at the LBJ camp an was 6’8.5. So the 6’11 was probably a lie like everyone does. NBA express has actual sizes of recruits if you wanted to know a place to look.

    Only thing I worry about /w him is he is really skinny. I hope he bulks up a bit. Although /w that said he is ultra athletic. He runs the floor real well an crashes the boards like a demon. I think he will more then likely be a one an done. I know some ppl have back off that but just don’t see him playing 2 seasons. Also I doubt grant is staying after this season. The 15 class will be an critical one. Really hope we get Diallo, Bryant, Jones an a pg. SU could loose Ennis, Robertson, CM, DC an RAK bc he will be a Sr.

  6. BigDipster says:

    I like the ’14-’15 team more than the ’13-’14 squad. Joseph & CMcC give SU acouple more dimensions. Guards will be : A+ Forwards will be: A+ Centers: B-

    * losing ck will sting no matter what! But I’d replace him with:
    17 & 7, or 10 & 10, or 21 & 10, or 10 rebs & 3 blks per game from the frosh? Just saying…

  7. chris says:

    I think CM will bulk up as needed. His sights are on the next level before he gets here. I think that DC was pretty lean when he first showed up but clearly bulked up sufficiently.CM is quite possibly the key to NC#2 for the fans here in Syracuse and Jimmy’s walk into the sunset.

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