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Syracuse's 2013 basketball class is already loaded. If five-star 2014 recruit Chris McCullough gets his way, it will get even loaded-er.
Fab 5? Probably not. But the Syracuse Orange Basketball Class of 2013 is already quite a loaded group.
Five-star PG Tyler Ennis
Four-star PF Tyler Roberson
Three-star SF B.J. Johnson
Three-star C Chinoso Obokoh
Top 25 SG (and former Indiana commit) Ron Patterson.
Five-star Syracuse 2014 recruit Chris McCullough will continue the influx of high-quality talent the year after all of these guys get here. That is, of course, unless he's able to join them in 2013 as well (via CBT's Terrance Payne):
Chris McCullough (Brewster Academy/Bronx, NY) is considered by Rivals.com as a top-10 player in the Class of 2014. The 6-foot-10 power forward has already committed to Syracuse and no longer wants to wait. McCullough confirmed on Saturday evening that he intends on reclassifying to the Class of 2013 to play for the Orange next fall.
"The chances are it could happen," said McCullough following a loss to Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) on Saturday. "I’d say about 70 percent."
So, to catch you up, if McCullough is able to do that, Syracuse will have a five-star PG, a five-star PF and a four-star PF coming to town next year, along with three guys considered Top 30 in the nation at their respective positions. McCullough and Patterson are also currently teammates at Brewster Academy.
And remember, they both play with Isaiah Whitehead, another high-profile SU target.
McCullough will basically have to do some serious studying and class-taking in order to reclassify. He told Payne that he's meeting with Syracuse this Thursday to discuss his options.
Syracuse will have to replace Brandon Triche, James Southerland and probably Michael Carter-Williams next season. When it comes to bodies on the floor, they'll be able to do that just fine. When it comes to talent on the floor, all signs point to the same, McCullough or not.