Never mind the coaches watching his every move, McCallum was just happy to be playing again.
“It’s great because in the spring time I was
hurt,” said McCallum. “I haven’t really
been able to play so I’ve been wanting to get out here for a
long time. I’ve been working up in Detroit to get ready for
Already considered among the top floor generals in the class of 2010,
McCallum doesn’t take anything for granted. An explosive
athlete with above average quickness and a nice feel for the game, he
feels like he’s got something to prove each and every time he
takes the floor.
“Every time I step on the floor I feel like I have to prove
myself,” said McCallum. “I try to get the ball to
open scorers and I’ll make shots when I have to.
That’s a point guard’s job. Also, being younger I
really want to go after the top guards that are older than
Thanks to his quickness, the slender guard has never had any issues
getting into the lane off the bounce and he agrees that his ability to
get to the rim is one of his biggest strengths.
“I think getting to the hole and shooting are my two biggest
strengths,” said McCallum. “I want to work on
defense a little bit and just get my handle a bit tighter.”
On the recruiting front McCallum offered up a list of Kansas, Texas,
UCLA, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame and Detroit – where his
father is the new head coach. According to him everybody on his list
has offered, including Bill Self and the Jayhawks.
“The first day on the 15th of June when they could call,
Coach Self called me and offered me and told me that he wanted me to
come there,” McCallum told Phog.Net. “I told him
that they are my number one right now.”
So, what exactly is it that he likes about the Jayhawks?
“I’ve always liked Kansas,” said
McCallum. “I really like the way they play and get up and
down the floor and they are my number one right now. I really like
He also mentioned that he saw Bill Self as somebody who could help get
him to the next level.
“It’s the style of play and Coach Self seems like a
good coach,” said McCallum. “He seems like a good
guy who could push me to the next level.”
While the Jayhawks currently lead, McCallum made it clear that
he’s in no rush to make a commitment. He’ll also be
watching closely to see who else the schools that are recruiting him
pick up over the next year.
“I want to take my time to see who schools get in the 09
class so I can see who I would have to play with,” said
McCallum. “I see a lot of young guys commit and then
de-commit because they did it too soon.
“Most important is a good coach. Also a good team, a good
school and a place where I’ll be able to play my type of
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