The fall months have certainly been kind to Syracuse and head coach Jim Boeheim.
On the heels of four commitments for the 2013-14 season, the Orange dipped into the junior class on Monday, landing a verbal pledge from 6-foot-10 forward, Chris McCullough.
McCullough, who is originally from the Bronx, New York, currently attends Brewster Academy (NH), one of the top prep school programs in the country.
The Orange had long been rumored as one of the top targets for McCullough and with his junior season now in the fore front, a decision has been made.
McCullough becomes the first commitment for Boeheim and the Orange from the class of 2014, but it comes just days after Syracuse landed a pledge from fellow Brewster Academy teammate, Ron Patterson. The 6-foot-2, class of 2013 guard was a one-time Indiana-signee before being denied admission to the university. Patterson reopened his recruitment and the decision rang in over the weekend in favor of the Orange.
Patterson is joining a growing class that includes star point guard Tyler Ennis and on-the-rise forwards B.J. Johnson and Chinonso Obokoh.
During his recruitment, a number of the nation’s top programs had been in pursuit of McCullough. Instant speculation brings attention to fellow 2014 star and New York City-native Isaiah Whitehead. A potential package deal has long been rumored and Syracuse appears in the driver’s seat should it occur.
ESPN ranks McCullough at No. 17 overall within the class of 2014, while Rivals pins him at No. 9.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse