Salisbury's McCullough drawing heavy crowd

October, 18, 2011
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ESPN's Adam Finkelstein is off again on his fall tour of the prep school basketball powers, and checked in yesterday on ESPN's Recruiting Nation blog with rising Connecticut power Salisbury.

The big draw this fall at Salisbury is sophomore forward Chris McCullough, a New York native who is currently ranked the No. 3 overall Class of 2014 player on Finkelstein's New England Recruiting Report.

You can check out the full article here. Below is what Finkelstein had to say about this rising big man:


One school that is getting an unprecedented amount of visitors is the Salisbury School. Last week, I followed in the footsteps of close to 30 different schools and made the trip into the hills of northwest Connecticut to watch a late night run.

Chris McCullough is the school’s big draw. Fresh off his breakout summer, McCullough has drawn coaches from Connecticut, Florida, Iowa State, Louisville, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia, Xavier, and others this fall.

A reclassified sophomore, this is the New York native’s third season at Salisbury, and he’s made big strides each step along the way. That growth culminated with his explosion onto the national scene this summer, resulting in a long list of early scholarship offers.

In terms of potential or upside, there are few in the Class of 2014 who can compare to McCullough. He’s long, athletic, and smooth. He’s a 4-man who can utilize those physical tools to thrive in the open floor or around the rim, but also has the signs of skill to stretch his game to the perimeter. His first step is as quick as it is long now, and his soft touch is now showing range out to the 3-point line.

Like most young players, McCullough still has plenty to work on, as he turns his potential into production on a consistent basis.


Scouts Inc.'s most recent evaluation of McCullough reads as follows:



Strengths:
McCullough is a very long and athletic forward with obvious upside. He runs the court with long fluid strides, gets off his feet quickly, and gets his head on the rim. He is equally mobile laterally and is consequently a potentially versatile defender down the road while also a dangerous weakside shot-blocker. He handles the ball well for a player his size, has good composure with it in his hands, and scores around the rim by running in transition and facing up in the half-court.

Weaknesses:
McCullough repeated his freshman season at Salisbury and remains still very raw. While he has a naturally soft touch he must raise his release, develop a more consistent mid-range shooting stroke, and become more of a threat to score with his back to the basket. He has a tendency to jump to pass, must further develop his left hand, and continue to learn the game and polish his I.Q.

Bottom Line:
McCullough is a reclassified freshman who made great strides in his first year on the high school seen and shows all the tools to be a big time prospect if he continues to improve in the future.


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