Bloomington – Ray McCallum Jr. has gone from seemingly a lock to go to IU to someone who is very much in limbo.
That's because the elite guard from Bloomington (Ind.) North H.S. doesn't even know where he'll be playing his high school basketball in the fall, let alone his college basketball two years down the road. His father, Ray McCallum, was an assistant coach on Kelvin Sampson's IU staff, and his status is very much up in the air now that Tom Crean has taken over.
The elder McCallum appears to be the most likely person from the former staff to be retained, and he did talk with Crean for several minutes on Monday following Eric Gordon's press conference in Indianapolis. But there have been no official announcements on the make-up of Crean's Indiana staff, and McCallum has also been rumored as a candidate to fill vacancies at Toledo and Detroit Mercy.
That all adds up to the younger McCallum having no idea where he'll be in the fall.
"I'm just going to wait and see," said McCallum. "I don't know what's going to happen right now. I'll talk with my dad and see what happens."
McCallum is rapidly emerging as one of the elite guards in the 2010 class. An honorable mention All-State pick as a sophomore, McCallum averaged 20.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists this past season while shooting 52 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free-throw line.
Those are the kind of numbers that grab college recruiters' attention, but McCallum has seemingly focused all of his attention on IU since his father has been a member of the coaching staff. McCallum, Jr., has been a regular at just about all of IU's home games, sitting behind the Hoosiers' bench.
But with his dad's future in town now in doubt, McCallum may have to re-evaluate where he'll be headed in a couple of years.
"I really haven't gotten into the recruiting things right now," McCallum said. "I'll wait and look at it this summer."
McCallum said he expects his recruitment to pick up steam during his junior season and he doesn't foresee himself making a pledge to any school until his senior season. That's not a course of action that many of the top players in the 2010 class are taking, but it's one McCallum appears committed to.
"I know a lot of guys in my class have committed to places, and then they wind up changing their mind," McCallum said. "So I really want to wait until I really know what I want to do."
When it comes to evaluate IU and other potential college destinations, McCallum said style of play will be one of the things he'll look at very closely.
"I like to get up and down, press, play a fast-paced game," McCallum said. "I don't really like to slow it down and run a lot of sets. I like to come off ball screens and play fast."
What's Next for Little Ray?
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