SU Lands 2014 Target McCullough and Dakari Johnson Reclassifies
Because it’s just been way too quiet in the world of SU recruiting.
Chris McCullough has been on SU’s radar for so long that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that he’s still a junior at Brewster Academy. Between multiple visits and several hints of his leanings to SU, it would have been a surprise if McCullough committed elsewhere, but at the same time, a verbal this early wasn’t exactly expected.
The 6’10” Bronx native may have the greatest pro potential of anyone in Syracuse’s plans for the next few years, and that’s saying something with all the long, athletic talent currently on the roster. McCullough’s length, mobility, leaping ability, rebounding skills and ball-handling are very advanced for a prospect his age. More notably, if he keeps on the current path, he may give Syracuse something it hasn’t had in several seasons – a post player with a face-up shot. There aren’t many blemishes to his game at the moment, but the themes among scouting services are a low release on his jumper, an inconsistent motor and a basketball I.Q. that could use some improvement, but those weaker areas are easily correctable in Syracuse’s system if they aren’t refined by the time he gets to campus in two years.
Projecting SU’s depth chart so far down the road isn’t the easiest thing in the world due to the depth SU has compiled in the back of the zone, but we can dream a little. The most likely scenario at this stage involves McCullough manning one of the wings alongside Dajuan Coleman and Jerami Grant. If Rakeem Christmas is still with the program at that point (he’d be a senior), I’d be surprised, but there’s plenty of time to see how the roster will shake out.
While the class of 2014 giveth in the form of McCullough’s commitment, it taketh away as 5-star center Dakari Johnson reclassified to the 2013 class. The move was not expected, as Johnson sat out last season at Montverde Academy in Florida after transferring from his home in New Jersey and figured to make up the time as a junior this year.
Landing Johnson would give the Orange an embarrassment of riches, but he is not a must-have for by any means with Coleman likely staying awhile. Still, it doesn’t make the coaching staff’s jobs any less stressful as they plan for the future. With just one scholarship available for the 2013 class (supposedly reserved for Jermaine Lawrence, Tyler Roberson or Noah Vonleh), the coaching staff was already looking at a crunch unless there’s an early draft declaration or other variety of departure this spring. While this season will be exciting enough on the court, it will be just as intriguing on the recruiting trail.