The Hype Behind Chris McCullough
Chris McCullough has been on Syracuse's radar ever since he came onto the scene in 2012. McCullough, a Bronx native and IMG Academy standout, showed high interest in Syracuse since the beginning of his recruitment, which led to an early commitment from the 5-star forward. McCullough has spoken out on how hard Syracuse had recruited him, telling Adam Zagoria that Syracuse was "the one school that came to visit me about five times last year for workouts and they keep in touch with a call or text about once a week."
On November 4th, 2012, 3-star G Ron Patterson of Brewster Academy committed to Syracuse. One day later, teammate and close friend, Chris McCullough committed to Syracuse. Coach Boeheim and the Orange coaching staff made it important to stay in touch with McCullough, and pay very close attention. When it comes to closing out big recruits, Orange fans know that Coach Boeheim and Coach Hopkins are the best in the business.
The one major question is: should we believe the hype about Chris McCullough? The answer is yes.
McCullough has been widely sought out to be the next one-and-done at Syracuse. However, Chris has yet to step on campus as a Syracuse student, let alone play any games. The level of talent that Chris possesses is through the roof. 247sports.com has Chris as the #1 player in Florida for the class of 2014, and he is ranked in the top 3 for his position on every major recruiting website. The hype is real, and the talent is real.
Earlier this season, McCullough left Brewster Academy for IMG Academy in Florida. He has shined thus far at IMG Academy, and is excited about joining the Orange next season. Since arriving at IMG Academy, McCullough is averaging 22 points, and 9 boards per game, per Adam Zagoria.
"I can't wait to get to Syracuse. The students always show me love, and the fans are great," McCullough told me before the Duke game. Chris is very vocal on twitter, always expressing how successful he will be at Syracuse.
My advice to you: believe the hype. McCullough is the highest rated prospect coming to Syracuse since Carmelo Anthony. And we all know what he did in his one season with the Orange. I'm not predicting a national championship, but expect Chris to shine. He has the tools, and the determination. Don't sleep on Chris McCullough.
Last season when Boeheim was being scrutinized about retirement, the hall-of-famer was very optimistic about the future. He explained his excitement for the future, saying "we've got one of our better recruiting classes coming." The excitement around the program for McCullough's arrival is increasing daily.
Syracuse could potentially be 10-11 deep next season: Tyler Ennis, Trevor Cooney, Chris McCullough, Jerami Grant, Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman, Michael Gbinije, Tyler Roberson, Kaleb Joseph, Ron Patterson, BJ Johnson, Chinonso Obokoh. The 2014-15 Syracuse Orange could be the deepest team Coach Boeheim has ever had at Syracuse. That's a scary thought.