In the midst of the turmoil surrounding the Syracuse Orange basketball program, it should come as no surprise that star big man Chris McCullough has elected to enter the NBA Draft.
McCullough, just a freshman, clearly wants to avoid the post-season ban that rests on the school and there’s no better way than to declare for the NBA Draft.
Still, his professional future remains a mystery after tearing his right ACL just 16 games into his rookie campaign.
McCullough had been averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest prior to the injury and proved to scouts he’s capable of playing at a high level. Standing at 6-foot-10, his length and athleticism makes him an extremely enticing player in a guard dominated league.
Knee injuries, however, especially with front court players, can significantly hinder their ability to elevate off the floor making him a serious question mark for teams.
Meanwhile, the Syrcause Orange continue their rebuilding process and now will be without one of their key players. Nonetheless, head coach Jim Boeheim is fully capable of bringing in a strong recruiting class even in midst of the numerous NCAA sanctions.
The Bronx, New York native projects by NBA executives to be a late first round to early second round pick, but his repaired right knee is a major question that needs to be answered before any team selects him.
Despite the injury, his ceiling remains significantly higher than most prospects and certainly has the talent to be an impact player at the next level. Will he ever return to his previous form? Only time will tell.
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