Patterson, McCullough Develop Strong Bond

Chris McCullough's commitment to Syracuse was a bit of a surprise to some. Not because he pledged to Syracuse, but because of the timing. Part of the reason he decided so early was the commitment of Brewster teammate Ron Patterson. The two have developed a strong bond in a shot time, and spoke to both about that relationship.

When Ron Patterson committed to Syracuse, Chris McCullough knew that was where he needed to be. The two have a strong bond despite being teammates at Brewster Academy for only a few months. 

"We've got a tight relationship on and off the court," Patterson said. "We had talked about going to Syracuse together before we committed, early on in the year. Now we're both going there and we're excited.

"We're both long and create turnovers on defense. He's 6-foot-10 and long too. We get deflections then get on the break and we finish."

McCullough echoes those sentiments.

"From the first day when we started playing ball together, there was something there," McCullough explained. "We hung out together. We had played each other back in the day so I knew who he was when he got to Brewster. But we just clicked on the court.

"There was an instant chemistry. He's more athletic than I thought he was. He runs the two and I run the three and four. We've got great chemistry so far."

While on the court chemistry is not surprising given the talent and athleticism both possess, taking that strong bond off the court in such a short time is rare. Both say they got along from the start.

"Chris is goofy," Patterson described. "He's always joking around. We're both laid back so we get along very well. We get together and play video games. We just hang out and chill. We are going to do that next year if he can get qualified so he can play."

Joking around and keeping things low key is something both talked about when describing why they get along so well. McCullough says it is the joking around that has helped their relationship develop so quickly.

"Off the court, we hang out and take all the same classes together," McCullough said. "So I've been getting to know him more. We laugh at each other all the time and joke around. We hang out all the time."

The two had discussed taking that chemistry to Syracuse before either committed. Once Patterson made his pledge, McCullough talked to him about why he chose the Orange. After that, his decision was easy.

"We had been talking about going to Syracuse," McCullough recalled. "When he got back from his visit I just asked him what he liked about the school. He told me he liked the coaches, the players, and it's a good program. After that I felt it my turn."

Once they arrive at Syracuse, the two have a clear goal. If that goal comes to fruition, Orange fans will be dancing on Marshall Street.

"We're going to play hard and good things will happen," Patterson said. "A national championship is what we want and having us on the same team will help that."

Similarly, McCullough says they want a title.

"We're going to Syracuse with the purpose of winning a national championship," McCullough declared. "That's our goal. Everyday at practice when he makes a play or I make a play we both say, 'Cuse baby!'"

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