Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
McCullough: Syracuse, St. John’s ‘Showing the Most Love’
There could end up being an in-state recruiting war between Syracuse and St. John’s for 2014 forward Chris McCullough, a potential one-and-done player.
“I don’t really have a leader,” he told SNY.tv by text Tuesday. “I just feel like Syracuse and St. John’s [are] showing the most love.”
The 6-foot-10 McCullough is coming off a 17-point performance in Sunday’s Sharette Dixon Memorial Classic game, in which his New York team beat New Jersey, 112-98.
As reported here Monday, McCullough and 6-4 Lincoln guard Isaiah Whitehead have talked about playing together at Syracuse.
“I talked to Whitehead,” McCullough reiterated.
They have also had discussions with 2013 forward Jermaine Lawrence, who was injured and unable to play in the Sharette Dixon game.
McCullough has also been impressed with the commitment the Syracuse staff has shown in him.
“That’s one school that came to visit me about five times this year for workouts and they keep in touch with a call or text about once a week,” McCullough said.
St. John’s hasn’t visited McCullough at Brewster (N.H.) Academy, but he attended a practice there this past week. And they remain near the top of his list.
“St. John’s didn’t come visit me at all but Coach Lav [Steve Lavin] hits me with a text about one time a week also,” McCullough said.
He added that Louisville, West Virginia and Rutgers were also in touch a lot.
“I got a good idea of where i want to play college basketball!” McCullough posted later Tuesday on Facebook.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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