CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – When you can list over a dozen scholarship offers by the time the first day coaches can even call you directly, it is a good sign that you are a top-notch prospect. That is certainly the case for 6-foot-9, 215-pound combo forward Chris McCullough.
The Shiver spoke with McCullough at the NBPA Top 100 Camp on Friday, which was the initial day that coaches could call and text members of the 2014 class.
On that day, McCullough said he first heard from Syracuse and was also in contact with Miami, West Virginia, UConn, and Rutgers.
That group is quite similar to the list of schools that McCullough has been on unofficial visits to. The Salisbury School (CT) star said he has tripped to Syracuse, Rutgers, UConn, Seton Hall, and West Virginia.
McCullough listed three of those schools—Syracuse, UConn and Rutgers—among the four programs recruiting him the hardest. The other member of that bunch is the University of Kansas.
The Empire State native said that he has planned a visit to Memphis, which he thinks is set to take place on July 3rd.
McCullough claims scholarship offers from all the aforementioned schools, as well as from St. John’s, Louisville, Florida, North Carolina, Temple, Hofstra, Providence, and Villanova. He is also garnering interest from the UCLA Bruins.
At this stage of his recruitment, McCullough said that he does not have any particular favorites. However, he is going to be trimming his list down to a manageable number in the near future.
“I’m gonna drop [my list] down to a top six probably next month,” McCullough said, adding that he is not sure of any schools that will definitely make the cut.
As for what he is looking for in a college, McCullough remarked, “Good coaching relationship and just a transition offense.”
McCullough also noted that location is not going to be a factor for him in where he decides to go for college.
There are four coaches in particular who McCullough said he has the strongest relationships with right now. Those four are UConn assistant Kevin Ollie, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry, and St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin.
When asked for his thoughts on Kansas, McCullough simply said that he would like to take a visit out to Lawrence.
In McCullough, KU is recruiting an active, versatile frontcourt player who can score the ball at all three levels. He runs the floor extremely well and does a very nice job on the glass.
McCullough said that he sees himself as a small forward or a power forward and added that he is being recruited as both by schools.
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