Chris McCullough is proving that you can go home again. In the 2015 NBA Draft, McCullough was selected by the hometown Brooklyn Nets with the 29th pick in the first round.
McCullough's selection marks the fourth consecutive year that a Syracuse player has gone in the first round. Tha thad never been done in the history of the Syracuse basketball program.
After showing a lot of promise early on in his freshman season, McCullough suffered a torn ACL during an Orange win over Florida State. That injury led many to believe he would return for his sophomore season, but Chris chased his dream anyway.
After being selected, he said on ESPN, "I'm from the Bronx. It's a hometown thing."
McCullough added that his rehab is going well and he started running about a week ago. According to SU Juice Online, he indicated he should be ready to go in November during a media session immediately after being selected.
During his only season at Syracuse, he started 16 games before the injury and averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
"Active, bouncy, 7-3 wingspan, length with a lot of ability," ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said of McCullough after he was drafted. He later added that getting a player with McCullough's upside at the 29th pick is great value.