Fresh off another victory, Syracuse got word of a potential off the court victory as well. Heralded recruit Chris McCullough is trying to reclassify himself to 2013 in order to join the school one year earlier. If he manages to accomplish this, the power forward will join center Chinonso Obokoh, Forwards Tyler Roberson and B.J. Johnson , along with guards Tyler Ennis and Ron Patterson. Patterson was McCullough’s teammate at Brewster.
McCullough said Saturday that he thinks there’s about a 70 percent chance of this occurring. He will need to complete 16 core courses in order to even be considered for this. McCullough added that he will have done 13 of those 16 with the other three coming in the summer time. The school will meet with him on Thursday to discuss his options.
On the court, Syracuse moved to 9-0 on the season after an 85-61 win over previously 6-1 Canisius. The Orange experienced the typical slow start accompanying a team coming off exam break. They had a three point halftime lead and was very lackluster at the start.
Of major importance on Saturday was the 21 points by James Southerland. He had been shut out from three point land since his explosion against Arkansas. Southerland went 3-of-6 from long range. The Orange forced 20 turnovers, but were out-rebounded by one in the contest. Also of note is the 50% shooting from the free throw line. That cannot continue once conference play starts and blowouts are harder to get.
Up next is a home game on Monday night against Detroit at 7pm. Jim Boeheim can get his 900th win on this night, but the Titans will be a challenge despite their record. Everything is coming up roses right now for the Orange.