ESPN's Adam Finkelstein reported this afternoon that Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Chris McCullough, the No. 17 overall player in the Class of 2014 according to ESPNU, has verbally committed to Syracuse University.
McCullough's uncle, Jerry, confirmed the news to Finkelstein. McCullough then tweeted his commitment to the Orange a short time later. One of his teammates, post-graduate Ron Patterson, committed to Syracuse on Saturday.
McCullough is a Bronx native who transferred into the Wolfeboro, N.H. campus from Salisbury (Conn.) School this past summer. The 6-foot-10 McCullough chose Syracuse after previously listing St. John's, Rutgers, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, West Virginia and UCLA among his favorites.
Rumors have circulated that McCullough might reclassify to join Syracuse's 2013 class, but both his AAU coach Terrence Williams and Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith have said in recent weeks that such a move is highly unlikely at this point.
In an entry posted this evening on Basketball RecruitingNation, ESPN analyst Reggie Rankin feels McCullough is a natural fit for Jim Boeheim's famed 2-3 zone defense at Syracuse. To read that article,CLICK HERE (Insider only); below is an excerpt:
McCullough, who is the nation’s No. 17-ranked junior, is the type of long and athletic post coach Jim Boeheim loves to develop offensively. He can face-up and handle the ball pretty well for a post, but where McCullough truly excels is running the floor and finishing on the break with flare.
On the glass, he rebounds using his length and ability to explode off the floor with multiple jumps, which allows him to snag boards over and around opponents.
The staple of Syracuse’s defensive system is the 2-3 zone, which McCullough should be very successful in given his length, athletic ability and mobility. He will be able to cover the court with his long strides to contest and alter shots. In addition to playing power forward, McCullough can also stand in the middle at times as he has the mobility to cover the corners, wings and high post areas as a back line defender.