Five Star Recruit Chris Mccullough Commits to Syracuse
I know there are quite a bit of Cuse fans on here.Mccullough is rated the number 3 power forward in the nation by rivals.com for 2014 class and number 9 regardless of position.May end up number 1 by the end of next summer.How do you guys feels about this commitment.I say it's a good way to start off building for 2014 class already getting a 5 star
Syracuse continues to do amazing in on the recruiting front. Just one of the most consistent college programs in the NCAA.
My only question is does this in ANY WAY improve Cuse's chances of landing Wiggins? Ennis, his Canadian compadre PG, is already on board with the Orange, and Kentucky is looking loaded in their recruiting class with the Harrison twins and James Young.
I would say cuse getting Wiggins is a long shot,but all things are possible.No matter how loaded UK is,Wiggins would still get his shine and his shots.Lets be serious we are talking about Andrew Wiggins here. But as for Cuse and the commitment from C.Mccullough,this is big.People don't realize how good he is and how high his ceiling is. The great scout Tom konchalski (who was the first to scout Mike Jordan) said there is no ceiling to him he can get as good as he wants.
The next Donte Greene?
This kid is a good prospect, but he needs to figure out what he wants to be and expand his game accodingly. Right now he's just an athletic stretch 4.
He plays in the post more than Donte Greene. Donte was as adverse to post play as Shabazz is to going right.
Neither are/were post players. McCullough likes to hang out at the 3 pt line just like Donte used to. At the same age I'd say Donte looked better. He was more agile and could do more with the ball in his hands. McCullough's the better shooter and looks like he has better length though.
A better shooter than Donte? The one thing I gave Donte credit for is his ability to hit jumpers from any range when his feet were set. He wasn't a great finisher because of his short arms, but still was very effective for his freshman year dispite the mismanagement of his skills. I like McCullough's length and overall talent. I hope he isnt as soft in the post as Donte was.
I never thought of Donte as a knock down shooter from deep. He just liked shoot from out there...like, a lot. His mid-range game was nothing special either. He was streaky too. I remember him starting off the season on fire, then he slowly tapered off over a long stretch. His shooting ability hasn't exactly translated to the NBA either.
I always attributed that to his lack of explosions and length. When he was open from midrange or three, he was lights out. Problem was that because the offense was run through him, he was always covered. Once teams realized that no one besides Greene and Flynn would hurt them offensively, they threw constant pressure at both. Plus, he only spent one year at college with his mind on the NBA the whole year. Greene was mentally one of my least favorite Cuse players ever. I just hope McCullough isnt that apathetic.
Given the current strength of SU's 2013 class and the almost guardantee that Isiah Whitehead from NYC will recruit to Cuse after his buddy McCullough commited, who would you rather have from a recruiting perspective? Wiggins or Dakari Johnson the following year, with the possibility of him playing two years gven how raw he is?
Also, how do you feel about 2013 targets, Beejay Anya, Jermaine Lawrence, Tyler Roberson and Rysheed Jordan, who's probably my favorite of this group.
As a lifelong Cuse fan, I'd take Wiggins over any player in the country. I wanted him from the time I saw him as a freshmen, but felt that he was Kentucky bound from the start. But with the Harrison's and Young at Kentucky, it may be slightly less appealing now. I'm sure he's still considering it, and wouldn't be surprised if he landed there but you never know. But I was hoping for a Whitehead/McCullough/Johnson recruiting class in 2014, but Johnson decided to reclassify.
Of Andrew Wiggins, Dakari Johnson, Beejay Anya, Jermaine Lawrence, Tyler Roberson, and Rysheed Jordan, we only have one available scholarship to offer unless some freshmen, sophs, and juniors declare for the NBA. I think Anya will go to Indiana and Roberson will probably go to Nova. That leaves four of the six left for Cuse. Most people believe that Wiggins will go to UK or FSU, so for arguments sake we'll say he goes there. Dakari has a lot of options, and Syracuse has been after him the longest, but it'll be tough for them to land him with other powerhouse schools in the running.
I think Jermaine Lawrence will cap off the 2013 class. He'll likely stay at least two seasons, which Boeheim wants from his players. Lawrence is friends with Whitehead and McCullough, and all three have talked about playing together in Cuse. Be a dream come true for a Cuse fan.
And on a side note, the 2014 NBA draft is going to be incredible. Wiggins, Parker, Harrison twins, Dakari, Vonleh, Randle, Young, Selden. It has 96 and 03 draft potential as of now. We'll have to wait and see if these players live up to the hype. (Oh and that reminds me, Vonleh is another player who is considering Cuse.)
I really think Jordan in the SU offense will be a bigger more explosive Scoop or a better overall Triche.
I personally dont like Vonleh as a prospect because I think he mismanages his talents. Theres no reason he shouldnt be one of the top 5 low post players in HS, but hes concentrated on his perimeter play.
Wiggins is in 2013 class now Man. And anyone would take Wiggins no matter what positions are open or not.Dakari and Mccullough are in the 2014 class and most people are saying Mccullough is one and done.
Quoted from Zagsblogs.com “The one thing I would like to see him develop is a little more of a mean streak. He needs to rebound the ball better, be a little bit tougher, more physical in order for him to be one-and-done. He definitely has that capability. He’s a very special talent.
Also quoted from Zagsblog: “He will be in college for one year,” one Division I coach told SNY.tv. “Just look at his skills.”
I think people are not understanding just how good the kid is.He is not a five star for any reason.And these college coaches won't say things like this for no reason as well.
I know that Wiggins is 2013. Thats why I mentioned the Harrison twins and James Young. I was asking if the overall prestigue and recruiting ability might lean Wiggins towards SU.
I know Dakari and McCullough are 2014. It was kind of a seperate question when I brought up Wiggins or Dakari. I think Dakari's going to be at least as good as Andre Drummond as a prospect and a true center with that size/atleticism combo is extremely rare. Plus the higher likelihood of Dakari needing an extra year, would Dakari for two years be better than Wiggins for one?
I would describe his game this way.He is around the same height as green or maybe taller.With longer arms(green has a 6'10 wingspan Mccullough measured near 7'3 at LBJ camp).He is more athletic and explosive with good shooting touch. Needs to improve ball handling and guarding smaller players if he wants to be a wing.Needs to beef up if he wants to be a 4.Can take the ball coast to coast off of the glass and finish plays that are created by guards.Can be a 3 or a 4 has size for both it's his choice.
I think McCullough should pattern his game around prime Lamar Odom, another NYC combo forward oozing talent. He can be a fantastic rebounder, and wouldn't lose too much mobility and atleticism if he got up to ~235 lbs. I think he should be the new NBA prototypical PF, with enough ball handling, shooting and quickness to keep defenses honest, but enough size, length and athleticism to guard the post and rebound effectively. Regardless, I'm excited to see what the new recruits can do.
By the way, what part of 718 are you from? I hope you and your fam are doing ok post-Hurricane Sandy.
Thanks for the concern that is real considerate.On my side we are alright. I'm from the Bronx which is not surrounded by water. Staten island and queens got it the worst. Also it is funny you bring up Dakari some shocking news has come out. HE WILL BE GOING TO 2013 CLASS.just came out minutes ago. Cuse may be able to pull him in.I say it comes down to cuse,florida and uk.This 2013 class gets nastier by the week.Also I think Mccullough can be better than Odom.I think he can be a Rudy Gay type. One scout said he is Mo harkless with even more upside.Mind you Harkless is being compared R.Gay so if Chris is suppose to have more upside what does that say.Cuse will be nasty for year to come if they get Dakari johnson by the way.
Also now there are Rumors of him Reclassing back to 2013 class. So now you have Wiggins,Vonleh,Dakari,and Selden all jumping to 2013 class which was already stacked.Most scouts say this is the best class since 2007 with rose,griffin,beasley,mayo and love. Now if Mccullough jumps up to 2013 class.that would mean five different 5 star recruits jumping into an already loaded class. I know everyone's eyes will be glued to the TV for the 2013-2014 NCAA season because there will be some serious hooping.
Good looks on the SU info, appreciate it bro. Nice convo =)
I know the City. I had a GF from the South BX, and since 718 includes Staten and BK, I was worried about you bro! Dakari to SU in 2013 would make them instant Final Four contenders favorites depending on MCWs, CJ Fairs and Christmas's status. I know SU has been recruiting Dakari hard since his freshman year in NJ so hes been my most coveted SU prospect since Melo.
McCullough reminds me of a Syracuse recruit miss, Chris Walker, so we shall see how 2013 shakes out.
Very much is like Chris walker.Good comparison.Cuse is gonna be ugly man.