Five-Star McCallum Visits Florida

The Florida Gators need a true point guard in the 2010 recruiting class and one of the very best visited Gainesville this past weekend. Detroit's Ray McCallum was in town Friday through Sunday and liked what he saw from his visit. The Gators are one of his final five schools and he talked about each of the five.

Ray McCallum isn't your typical prospect. It isn't just his talent, he has one other major hurdle for college recruiters to recruit against. McCallum's father is the head coach at Detroit, one of the five schools McCallum is looking at.

"I always think about whether I should go play for him or go to one of these big time schools," McCallum told Evan Daniels of Scout.com in September. "It's going to be a tough decision."

"He's been my coach pretty much my whole life and he's taught me everything that I've learned. That right there makes everything tough. I just got to find the best fit for me."

In the end, McCallum says that his father will allow him to spread his wings and head elsewhere if that is what he wants to do.

"It's up to me," he said. "He doesn't pressure me at all and he never says ‘you need to come play for me' or anything like that. He always tells me to do what I want to do and he talks about other schools too. I don't feel any pressure to play for him."

With that in mind, McCallum brought his five stars to Gainesville this past weekend and toured the campus, facilities, and got to know the Gator basketball team on a more intimate level.

"It was a good trip, I had a lot of fun," McCallum said. "I spent a lot of time with the coaches and players, so it was fun. I got there Friday and left Sunday."

"They are good people, the guys are fun and good. The coaches want to get the best out of you. They work them hard in practice. The facilities are probably the best I have seen."

One thing that really caught his eye was the way that Florida plays the game. It is a game suitable for his skills in a big way.

"I like their style," he said. "It allows a lot of freedom, (Coach Billy Donovan) lets the guards get up and down and play and pretty much do what they want. I like to see a coach that will let you play your game. It is a situation where I can come in and make plays. They need a guy like me that can come in and be a play maker."

He wasn't alone on the trip. Both of his parents were in Gainesville with McCallum, although he hasn't gotten much out of them since.

"My parents came down with me," he said. "They liked it, but haven't talked much about it. They seemed like they liked it."

On Monday when contacted, McCallum was coming off of a four-plus hour workout of his own where he lifted weights and just shot the ball over and over to try and improve his shot. He told us what he considers his strengths as a basketball player.

"I am a leader on the floor," he said. "I am a point guard that wants to win, I can guard a man, score, and do all the little things."

McCallum says he is done visiting all of the schools and he talked about the three other places he visited officially.

"Florida is the last visit I have planned," he said. "I have visited Oklahoma, Arizona, and UCLA."

He talked a little about each.

Oklahoma – "It was a good visit. I used to live there so I got to see a couple of old friends."

UCLA – "It was really good. You get to see all the history and championships."

Arizona – "That was great too. Great school and a lot of history too. Hanging out with the players was good."

He hesitated when asked if he may make a decision soon. But, it certainly sounded like a decision was not final at this time.

"I want to sit and talk with my family and see what their thoughts are and go from there," he said.

I know one school in the south that sounds like a perfect fit for all parties involved.


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