Chris McCullough was a strong candidate to be the latest case of one-and-done at Syracuse. The former five-star prospect has loads of raw talent and flashed big time ability during the early portions of the 2014-15 season. McCullough was climbing up NBA Draft boards and chatter started getting louder about him turning pro after just one season with the Orange.
Unfortunately, he tore his ACL against Florida State on January 11th, putting those plans on hold.
On Wednesday, McCullough told Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard that he would return for his sophomore season, but won't rush back onto the court.
"By the summertime, I'll be able to run," McCullough said in the report. "I won't be able to play until probably late October, November. But in a game, I probably won't play a game until December. I don't want to rush it."
That timeframe means that when Syracuse travels to the Bahamas for the "Battle 4 Atlantis" tournament, McCullough will not likely be available. Though the event is in late November (25-27), which does provide some hope that he could be back by then.
Regardless, McCullough should be back before conference play starts. He adds significant depth to the front court with the ability to play power forward or center. His length and athleticism also makes the zone that much more daunting.
McCullough averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.7 steals while shooting 48% from the field in 16 games as a freshman.