Foul trouble plagues McCullough

Foul trouble plagues McCullough

Syracuse commit Chris McCullough was in action in the Jordan Brand Classic high school all-star game on Friday. CuseNation.com recaps his performance inside.

With the recent news of Jerami Grant's departure from Syracuse to the NBA, the Orange could look to IMG Academy's Chris McCullough as a potential reinforcement for next season.

On Friday, McCullough played in the Jordan Brand Classic, a high school showcase game in Brooklyn that features the top 26 basketball players from around the country (Chris McCullough is ranked 24 among ESPN's top 100).

McCullough, playing for the West, first checked into the game with 12:05 to go in the first half and scored on back-to-back West possessions. His first basket came on a rebound and a put-back. Next time down the court, he scored off of a lob-pass from future Kentucky Wildcat Tyler Ulis, who's rated as Scout's 6th best point guard in the 2014 class.

Too aggressive on defense, McCullough fouled three times in just over three and a half minutes and had to check out. That would be his only action in the first half.

McCullough started the second half for the West and quickly managed to grab his second board of the game. But after recording his fifth foul with time winding down, he'd check out for good with 5:06 to go.

McCullough spent most of his limited minutes in the game guarding future ACC-foe, Duke-bound Jahlil Okafor. At a weight of 260, Okafor has 30 pounds on McCullough, and at times, it showed. The MVP for the East, Okafor finished with 29 points and nine rebounds.

During the telecast, ESPN2 announcers Paul Biancardi, LaPhonso Ellis and Bob Wischusen had plenty of good things to say about McCullough, praising his versatility, long-range shooting, shot-blocking and ability to "put it down." Laphonso Ellis compared McCullough to a "taller Wes Johnson."

McCullough finished with four points (2/4 FG) and two rebounds in 12 minutes as the East beat the West, 158-147.

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