McCullough is a 6-foot-9 with terrific length and athleticism, and after a terrific start to his freshman season, McCullough was considered by most to be a likely first round pick. But in mid-January, McCullough tore his ACL after an awkward landing, an injury that ended his season and will likely keep him out until the beginning of next year.
He ended the season averaging 9.3 points, 6.9 boards, 2.1 blocks and 1.7 steals.
Draft Express currently projects McCullough as the No. 21 pick in the 2016 draft.
Star Syracuse freshman Chris McCullough suffered a knee injury that appeared quite serious on Sunday night.
The Orange would beat Florida State 70-57, but McCullough did not return after this awkward landing during the first half:
After the game, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said that an update would be coming Monday. “We have no idea right now what it is,” he said in the post game. “Well find out in the morning. Hope for the best.” It didn’t work out that way. Syracuse announced on Monday afternoon that McCullough tore the ACL in his right knee, ending his season. It’s a significant blow to the NCAA tournament hopes for the Orange.
McCullough was averaging 9.6 points and 6.9 boards, but he’s struggled in the last month or so after a hot start to the season. He was considered a borderline first round pick for the 2015 draft — No. 26, according to Draft Express — before the injury. But the Orange don’t have any depth along their front line as Dajuan Coleman has already decided to redshirt this year.
Boeheim said on the ACC conference call on Monday that sophomore Tyler Roberson is expected to start in his stead for the Orange, who are now 3-0 in the ACC. Look for reserve forward Chino Obokoh to play a bigger role as well.
Syracuse’s 61-44 win over Cornell Wednesday night wasn’t the prettiest from an offensive standpoint, with it taking nearly four minutes before the first points of the game were scored and the Big Red shooting 34.5% from the field and 4-for-22 from beyond the arc. Syracuse limited Cornell to just 12 points in the first half, and they shot 48.1% from the field with senior forward Rakeem Christmas scoring a game-high 19 points.
Trevor Cooney joined Christmas in double figures with 14 points. Freshman forward Chris McCullough wasn’t as productive as those two, scoring just six points on the night. Unfortunately for Cornell sophomore forward David Onuorah he was on the receiving end of two of those points, with McCullough finishing Syracuse’s cracking of the Cornell pressure with an emphatic one-handed dunk.