Recently, the University of Kansas extended a scholarship offer to one of the top prospects in the Class of 2014, Chris McCullough of The Salisbury (CT) School. A 6-foot-8, 205-pound power forward, McCullough runs with AAU powerhouse Team Scan out of New York, and is currently rated a 5-star prospect - the number three power forward in the class.
"It's a tremendous offer," said Terrence "Munch" Williams, McCullough's head coach with Team Scan. "Any time you get an offer from a guy like Coach (Bill) Self who puts countless guys in the NBA, does a tremendous job with forwards, big-time schedule, national conference - it's a tremendous offer."
McCullough is understandably taking the process slowly, and intends to cut his list down to five or six schools by the end of the AAU season. He currently boasts offers from St. John's, Syracuse, Memphis, Iowa State, Temple, Rutgers, Providence, Miami, Florida, Arizona and West Virginia in addition to Kansas, with more interest flowing in all the time.
He's taking everything in stride, Williams said, and has a list of criteria he looks at when evaluating a school - a set of criteria which his coach said Kansas meets.
"It just basically comes down to what you believe in, and what you want in a school," he explained. "For Chris it's always going to be academics first, a place that's going to nurture you as young man and going to push him as hard as possible on the basketball court."
McCullough and Team Scan are off to a roaring start to the 2012 AAU season. The organization has several of its programs rated among the best nationally, including the 16U squad which - according to FiveStarBasketball.com - is the No. 1 team in the land in its age division.
Thus far, Williams has found nothing to complain about, and as long as his athletes finish out their school year strong and continue to work hard that will likely continue to be the case.
"I'm always pleased by the way we perform on the court," he said. "I think, for us, we'll always be in the running for the championship at every event we play in."
As for McCullough, Williams said his play thus far had been exemplary.
"Chris is playing elite," he said. "He's playing both sides of the court. I'm trying to get him to think 'Anthony Davis' on the defensive end, and offensively he's always going to be a talented kid."