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Ray McCallum

  • Full Name: Ray McCallum
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-2 / 191
  • Birthdate: June 12, 1991
  • College: Detroit
Sacramento Kings Round 2: Pick 36
 

- Ray McCallum Highlights

Strengths
-- Typical coach’s son’s understanding of the game
-- True point guard
-- Competes
-- Can create with his penetration
-- Good ball-handler
-- Good rebounder for his position

Weaknesses
-- Has to continue improving as a jump shooter
-- Needs to get stronger

NBA projection
McCallum has been projected anywhere from the late first round to the middle of the second round. Good point guards are hard to find, and though McCallum has some physical limitations in terms of length, he has an advanced understanding of the game and he’s a good enough athlete to be able to contribute. He was both go-to scorer and playmaker in college, and he had to do more of the former than the latter. Those roles will be reversed in the NBA.

2012-13 Season
McCallum was voted the Horizon League Player of the Year and a Lute Olson All-American after leading Detroit to its second consecutive postseason tournament appearance, the NIT, and it second straight 20-win season. He led the Titans in scoring, assists and steals for the third straight season. He also led the Horizon League in scoring and steals, and finished second in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) and minutes played.

Key statistics
18.7 ppg | 5.1 rpg | 4.5 apg | 2.0 tpg | 1.9 spg | 36.6 mpg | .491 FG | .323 3PT | .717 FT

Cool statistic
McCallum put together one of the top all-around games in Division I basketball this season, racking up 16 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in a win over Cleveland State.

Reminds me of...
Mo Williams

What Insiders Say
Detroit coach Ray McCallum, Sr.
“The strength of his game is going to the basket and making plays; that's what he does and what we would like for him to do. We would like for him to make more 3s, but what he's done for this team is attacked defensively really down the stretch and made good decisions with the basketball, make his teammates better and he finds ways to score. We don't run a lot of plays for him, so what he gets offensively is pretty much on his own.”

What Outsiders Say
Kansas coach Bill Self
“He looks stronger to me [than when Kansas recruited him as a high school senior.] He's still a point guard, but he's certainly… he's always athletic but he looks more athletic to me. Certainly he appears to have a livelier body and getting in the paint more and making more plays and very aggressive and very competitive.  I thought he was very good in high school, but he's improved like most kids do over a couple‑year period. He's got his game at a high level.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch