School: Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills, MI)
Of all the 2010 NCAA basketball recruits, Ray McCallum Jr. might be one of the most game-ready.
That’s what happens when your father, Ray McCallum, is a respected D-I coach with assistant coaching jobs at Wisconsin, Indiana and Oklahoma as well as gigs as head coach at Ball State, Houston and now University of Detroit Mercy.
The elder McCallum knows his son probably won’t commit to his program—even though Junior included the Titans among his final four which also includes Florida, UCLA and Arizona.
With all due disrespect to the Detroit University, which once had Dick Vitale as head coach and produced notable NBA talent such as Dave Debusschere, Spencer Haywood and more recently, the 76ers Willie Green, it’s just that five-star recruits don’t usually commit to the rebuilding program.
His son has been molded to be a winner on the court for his entire life thus far, and there isn’t much about the game of basketball he hasn’t been taught or prepared for.
For a guy who stands all of six feet one inch tall, McCallum Jr. is an impressive rebounder as well as dynamic scorer and floor general.
It’s hard to forecast accurately where “Little Ray” will end up because he’s been playing his hand awfully close to his vest during the recruiting process.
I figured if he was going to play for his dad he would have committed by now to help out the Detroit Mercy recruiting process with other prospects by getting some nice pub for the Titans program.
But his family has a track record of attending all of his games and the remaining schools in contention are quite a hike from Metro Detroit. In fact, playing for Billy Donovan and the Gators would be the closest option.
Prediction – Florida
The Gators offer McCallum Jr. the best opportunity to play right away and despite being a several hour plane ride away, it’s the next closest school to home of the four he’s considering.
Dark horse – University of Detroit Mercy
As I mentioned above, the entire McCallum clan has basically attended all of his games and given the fact Calihan Hall is in their backyard with the fact his father is the coach, means the Titans should not be counted out.
But like I said, if he was going to sign there, why wait until now?