It has been a whirlwind over the last 21 days in the world of Syracuse basketball recruiting. After three straight commitments from 2013 prospects, the Orange landed their first for the 2014 class.
Chris McCullough was the top target for the Syracuse staff in 2014. The Orange were the first to offer the 5-star forward and have been recruiting him for the last couple of years.
That attention meant a lot to McCullough, and allowed him to develop a great relationship with the Syracuse coaches. He felt it was time to make his pledge after taking everything into consideration.
"I felt like it was the right decision for me," McCullough explained. "It felt like I was home when I took my visit. They've been showing me the most love."
Another major factor in his commitment was Brewster Academy teammate Ron Patterson, who made his pledge to Syracuse on Saturday. In a short time, the two have developed a strong bond.
"Ron's commitment was big," the 6-foot-10 forward stated. "I actually really like playing him. He's a great fit for the Cuse also."
When McCullough decided Syracuse was where he wanted to play college basketball, he called head coach Jim Boeheim to inform him of his conclusion.
"He was very happy when I told him," McCullough recalled. "He said I was one of their best recruits since Melo (Carmelo Anthony). He says my ceiling is through the roof."
Part of the decision to choose Syracuse was the Orange system. McCullough believes he will be very successful when he arrives on campus.
"I like the 2-3 zone," he said. "I'm a long athletic forward. I'll do very well in that system."
McCullough is Syracuse's fourth commitment in the last 21 days, and their first in the 2014 class. The 5-star forward, ranked as the number nine prospect in his class, is the first 2014 top-10 prospect to commit.