Smooth Transition

Every couple years, Ray McCallum has had to pack his bags and move to another a city.

"I've just gotten used to it," Ray McCallum said.

The son of Ray McCallum, who is now the coach at Detroit Mercy, the class-of-2010 four-star point guard has moved with his father from Muncie, Ind., to Houston, Texas, to Bloomington, Ind., and now to the Motor City.

"It's been real easy," McCallum stated. "I'm used to moving and playing with new players, so that's not really hard for me."

What's going to be hard for the 6-foot-1, 170-pound McCallum, is figuring out where he's going to play college ball.

Offers have come in from Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, UCLA, Michigan, Notre Dame, and of course, Detroit. McCallum is also hearing from Michigan State, Duke and several other programs.

McCallum, who reports a 3.5 GPA, plans on waiting awhile before verbally committing anywhere.

"Just good players to play with, a good team, good coach, good atmosphere, good school with academics," McCallum reeled off in what he's looking for in a school.

McCallum will play his junior season at Detroit Country Day. Last year, he played at Bloomington North, while his father was an assistant on the Indiana staff. He averaged 20.6 points, four assists and six boards per contest.

"Some point guards try and come out and score, score, score," McCallum said. "I try and get everyone involved and score when I need to."

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey made sure to make McCallum a priority this summer.

Back in mid-June, Brey called McCallum the first or second day college coaches can contact a recruit. A member of the Irish staff has been in Cincinnati and Kentucky to watch McCallum play with his AAU team.

"I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame," McCallum said. "They've been at all my games this summer, or most of my games, so it seems like they want me to go there.

"I'm probably going to come down, they invited me down for a football game."

McCallum and Brey have talked a couple times.

"He just told me it would be a good time for me to come in, because they're going to lose a lot of guards. He said they want a guard like me to run the team and handle the ball, be their point guard.

"He told me he really wants me to come, and it's the Big East, and it's a good conference and they have a lot of confidence in me.

"I've been in Indiana for the last couple years. I went down there last year and played in a tournament at Notre Dame. It was nice. I see they're a good Big East team. Honestly, I don't know much more about them right now, but I'm interested in learning more."

McCallum is currently in Las Vegas for another AAU tournament. He is very much looking forward to an upcoming trip to Brazil through Adidas Nation, and he will also play in Dallas before focusing on his new high school basketball team.

"We're going to be pretty good this year," McCallum stated. "We have a lot of bigs, and the whole starting five should be going D-1, so it should be pretty good." Top Stories