Prior to tonight, a number of draft sites projected the Nets taking McCullough with that pick. McCullough is from New York City and told Nets Daily News earlier this month that he wanted "to bring a championship to my hometown."
McCullough is coming off an ACL tear and won't be able to contribute immediately for Brooklyn, which finished 38-44 last season. The Nets lack depth in their front court and could use a backup for power forward Thaddeus Young, assuming he re-signs in free agency.
The ACL injury aside, other concerns surrounding McCullough include his motor, post-up game and ability to play man-to-man defense against NBA bigs. On the other hand, scouts who liked him fell in love with his athleticism, his ability to play above the rim and run the floor, and his long-term potential.
At Syracuse, McCullough played in just 16 games before suffering his injury. He averaged 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.