November 22, 2011

UConn Makes McCullough's List

Chris McCullough's uncle, Andre, may have been a standout basketball player at Pittsburgh, but it is the younger McCullough who has established himself as potentially the best performer in his family.

A 2014 6-foot-9 combo forward originally from the Bronx, New York, the sophomore attends Salisbury School in Connecticut. On the AAU front, he plays for Team Scan, where he established and honed his talents over the summer at multiple Hoop Group events, including Elite Camp where he was named Camp MVP alongside Miami signee Melvin Johnson.

McCullough has a similar game to McDonald's All American and current Pittsburgh freshman, Khem Birch. Similar to Birch, both are extremely athletic and run the floor very well. Both need to improve on their offense but can have high power bursts when they attack the rim and finish with strong dunks. The two are very good defensively as they block, alter and rebound shots and get up the court quickly. The two have identical size and McCullough could end up being in a similar position to Birch in the future. In order to do this, he must continue to hit the weight room and get bigger. Also, he must get more involved while on offense as he can be invisible on the court at times, just like Birch. He must create his own offense off of rebounds at times, as well as in the post with an improved jump shot.

At the moment, the Bronx native lists offers from, "Iowa State, Florida, Syracuse, St. John's, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Temple, Hofstra, Villanova, West Virginia, UConn, Providence and Arizona." To tag along with his offers, he has interest from, "Kansas and Georgetown." North Carolina has also reached out about him.

McCullough has nearly visited each and every one of the schools who has offered him, including UConn, who has been in to see him during the fall and will likely watch him closely in the winter.

"My UConn visit over the summer was good," he said. "I love the coaches and school."

As UConn is a very good system for him with Jim Calhoun's offense and defense, as well as his history of developing NBA players, look for McCullough to give the Huskies a serious look when he gets closer to making his decision next summer.

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