Syracuse commit Chris McCullough is not taking his pledge to a high major school lightly. Despite being a year away from joining the program officially, he continues to work hard on improving his game to make the biggest impact possible when he arrives on campus.
"I've just been working out so far," McCullough claimed. "I've only been to one camp. That was it. I've been working on a little bit of post moves, some pull-up jump shots, mid-range jumpers, and ball handling. I think I'm improving in my mid-range game the most. But I'm going to keep working."
Working out isn't the only thing McCullough has going on over the summer. He plans on playing with his AAU team as well as attending a camp.
"I'll be playing with Team Scan at the Nike EYBL," McCullough outlined. "Hopefully we have a strong enough team to get to the championship and win it. I've got the LeBron camp on Friday. That's really about it for the summer."
The Syracuse staff continues to stay in touch with McCullough. They want him to know how important he is to their future despite being an early commit.
"Yeah I talked to them the other day," McCullough recalled. "We talked about how I can keep working and getting better everyday. It was (Jim) Boeheim and Coach Red (Adrian Autry)."
Like most basketball fans last week, McCullough tuned into the NBA Draft. He was paying special attention to where Orange alum Michael Carter-Williams landed.
"Yeah I watched the draft," the 5-star forward said. "I knew he could get drafted, but I didn't want him to go to Philadelphia. I wanted him to go to the Knicks, honestly. But it's cool. I was happy for Mike."
One of McCullough's good friends is joining Syracuse for their first season in the ACC. He believes Ron Patterson could have an impact this year.
"Ron's going to help them out," McCullough explained. "They're going to do what they've done in the past. Keep winning and play in the tournament. Hopefully they can go to the next step and win a championship.
"Tyler's got big shoes to fill with Mike leaving. It's definitely going to be a challenge but he's good. Hopefully he can learn fast and get this thing going."
McCullough added that he plans to attend a game or two this upcoming season at Syracuse.