McCullough taking time after visits

Five-star forward Chris McCullough has taken numerous visits and is now taking his time with his recruitment. Read on to get an update on everything from his AAU coach Terrance Williams.

Five-star power forward Chris McCullough recently took trips to three of the nation's premier programs, and his AAU coach Terrance Williams broke down his player's thoughts on the visits.

Syracuse: "He met coach (Jim) Boeheim and it was a good experience. They showed him the Carrier Dome, the dorms, and just spent some time with him. He got to meet some of the student athletes and he liked it. It's also a good distance from home too."

Villanova: "It was a family atmosphere and coach Jay Wright spent a ton of time with him talking to him and making him feel like he's a priority. They laid out a platform as far as his development if he was to come to Villanova. It was an overall comfortable environment."

Arizona: "Arizona was first class. All of the facilities, obviously the coaching staff is prepared to make sure he gets as far as possible. The overall concept with how many professionals they have at Arizona and the way they develop them to get to that level is obviously a big deal."

While in Tucson, Williams kept close tabs on how Arizona had its workouts, as he wanted to get an idea of how Sean Miller could develop the nation's third-ranked power forward for the class of 2014.

"What stood out to me about Arizona was development," Williams said. "I watched coach Miller put his guys through a pretty solid workout. The wings and the guards did a similar workout, so in that system you don't have to call yourself a particular number position. It's all about the position which your skill set is conducive to playing.

"That's something that's attractive to Chris, being able to play on the wings with other guards that are highly touted and make plays for you. I think Arizona did a good job of showcasing that they are really working their kids."

It appears that after spending a weekend in Tucson, coach Miller and his staff and players made a very favorable impression on the Salisbury (Conn.) School standout and his coach.

"Chris can see himself playing there, definitely," Williams said. "I can see him playing at Arizona, it definitely fits his style. If that's where he wants to be, if he goes into it with an open mind and wanting to get better and the coaching staff challenges him, he's going to thrive in that situation. I think Arizona is one of the place that offers him that opportunity."

With several visits completed, McCullogh's focus will now shift to his studies and his high school basketball season.

"We don't have anymore visits planned, he's just focusing on academics," Williams said. "Right now he's focused on school and everything right now is all about practice, studying for the SAT, getting all of his school work handled. That's what it's all about right now, and any other visits will be later down the line. Right now he's just focused on school and basketball."

Since it appears that McCullough has put his recruitment on hold, it's no surprise that a decision is not likely to take place anytime soon.

"He's not in any rush right now," Williams said. "He needs to continue to improve to give himself the best opportunity to succeed possible. After his sophomore year it will become more realistic as to when he could start thinking about deciding."


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