After landing McDonald's All American Tommy Mason-Griffin in the class of 2009, Jeff Capel and the Sooners are looking to add another in the class of 2010. As it turns out, early target Ray McCallum knows a thing or two about the Sooners and Norman.
Now at Detroit Country Day in Beverly Hills (MI), McCallum spent some time growing up in Norman while his father Ray Sr. was an assistant coach for the Sooners. Recently, McCallum spent a little bit of time discussing his recruitment and style of play with Sooners Illustrated.
Generally considered one of the elite point guards in his class, McCallum takes pride in being a pure point guard.
"I really think that I'm more of a penetrate and pitch kind of guy who will get my teammates involved," said McCallum who also warned that he's underrated as an athlete. "Every fast break opportunity I get it's a dunk. I think I'm pretty athletic."
Not surprisingly, McCallum looks up to his father who is now the head coach at Detroit University. Ray Sr's ability and success is something that serves as a huge motivating factor for his son.
Just growing up everybody talked about how good of a shooter and a player he was," said McCallum. "My goal is to be better than he was and be a better shooter. I've got to live up to the family name."
In fact, McCallum feels that his stint in Norman helped Sooners' boss Jeff Capel identify him as a potential target and even get him onto campus last summer.
"I was at Oklahoma before my dad went to Indiana and then Detroit so he kind of knew who I was," said McCallum of Capel. "He always followed me. I went down to their elite camp last summer and from then he just followed me at the AAU tournaments."
Still early in the process, McCallum plays the role of a good politician when asked to discuss his favorites.
"Right now I'm just evaluating everybody," said McCallum. "This summer I'll probably sit down with my parents and narrow everything down and then look to set up some official visits."
Still undecided as to which summer program he'll roll with, McCallum is more focused on a run through the Michigan Class B playoffs that he hopes ends in a state title. When he does sit down to pick a school, though, he won't be afraid to tell coaches exactly what he's looking for as he tries to find the right fit.
"You just have to tell them honestly what you want to do and achieve during college," said McCallum of his approach with potential suitors. "I just want a coach to be honest with me and not lie. I've seen it happen before and I don't want that."