Coach Offers Insight on Tre’Darius McCallum

Tre’Darius McCallum is the newest addition to the Blue Demons for 2016.  In this report, we turn to one of his coaches to gain some insight on the type of player McCallum is and the kind of impact he will have at DePaul.

Today, McCallum made it official and signed his national letter of intent with DePaul.

Indian Hills junior college Josh Sash has coached McCallum for over a year and witnessed McCallum help his team achieve a ranking of sixth in the nation and advance to the NJCAA tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas this season.

So what kind of player is DePaul getting for next season?

“He is a very versatile player,” said Sash.  “He’s very, very active.  He’s very, very athletic.  He handles the ball pretty well. He can shoot the ball from three. He plays with a high motor and plays really hard.”

McCallum, a 6-7 215 lb. forward, also brings some defensive skills to the table.   

“He’s a guy who with his versatility can guard multiple positions defensively,” Sash said.  “He’s quick enough to guard on the perimeter, moves well laterally, and has really good length and size.  He utilizes that to guard on the perimeter and get some deflections and steals on the perimeter.  Yet with his size he’s also good enough to guard around the basket.”

With that kind of versatility, McCallum will be able to play multiple positions for the Blue Demons next season.   

“I think he can play some three,” Sash said.  “We played him at the three quite a bit, but he can also play some four.  He rebounds it really well.  With his size, length, and athleticism, playing a guy like him at the four, who is very skilled and can create some mismatch situations is how basketball has been trending a bit in the last few years.”

Before committing to DePaul on Saturday, McCallum received quite a bit of interest from the college ranks.  He had offers from Rutgers and UNLV as well as interest from Bradley, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas State, Milwaukee, and North Carolina State.

“Of our guys, the number of schools, at various levels, that have been involved with him in the last month is almost overwhelming to him,” Sash said.  “DePaul did a really good job of recruiting him.  I think that DePaul did a really good job of identifying him as a different piece that they don’t currently have.  He can come in and fill a role that they see as a missing piece on their roster currently.  To him, he sees it as an opportunity where there is a lot of possible playing time for him to come in and have an immediate impact.”   

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