Ray McCallum Jr. doesn't need a lot of introduction to recruiting fans. The 6-1 PG at Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day has been a fixture on the travel circuit for several years, and his play as a junior further established him as one of the best floor general prospects in the class of 2010.
McCallum also is the son of a Division I head coach of the same name. For that reason, he plays with outstanding understanding of the game and always seems to know what the situation requires: points, passes, a key steal or whatever else.
Playing with Team Detroit last weekend at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, McCallum showed why he's a potential McDonald's All-American for next spring. At times deferential while on other occasions dominant, McCallum's ability to recognize specific situations and relate those back to the overall game scenario are exactly what a college coach wants from his point guard.
For all those reasons and then some, major programs have lined up with scholarship offers.
"I'll tell you the offers first. It's Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Notre Dame, Arizona, Michigan, Detroit, Miami and South Florida," McCallum told Phog.net. "I'm also hearing from Michigan State, and Kentucky just called me."
McCallum said that he enjoys getting tested by elite competition, and he's making sure that he'll have opportunities throughout the remainder of the travel season to prove his worth. This isn't a kid resting on his reputation.
"I'm going to play at Adidas Nations, the NBA Camp, Deron Williams Camp, LeBron James and maybe a session of Five Star," McCallum said. "I want to play against Brandon Knight and all the rest of the guys ranked ahead of me."
But for McCallum, those challenges aren't about addressing his ego.
"I know I need to improve my shot, and I'd like to make the McDonald's team," he said. "I just want to prove that I'm one of the top point guards in the country."
From KU's perspective, McCallum actually may be more of a pure point guard than any recruit signed since Bill Self arrived in Lawrence. He isn't the athlete or scorer that Sherron Collins or Mario Chalmers have been, but as a distributor and game quarterback, he would give the team a refined presence in the backcourt from the get-go.
It's no shock, then, that Kansas is making a strong push.
"Coach Self and Coach Dooley are coming to my high school (this) week," McCallum said. "I usually talk to those two coaches the most on the coaching staff." McCallum made it clear that style of play would factor into his decision, and he likes what he sees at KU.
"I really like how they get up and down and how they run a lot of pick and roll," he said. "But I'm also not in a rush to make a decision."