When the Sacramento Kings selected Ray McCallum out of the University of Detroit Mercy, there were a lot of befuddled looks around the Kingdom.
But McCallum, a coaches son, wasn’t the prototypical player out of a small school who emerged on the scene. In fact, McCallum was courted by some of the NCAA’s premier basketball programs like UCLA, Arizona, Washington and more. But wanting to stay close to home and play under his father, McCallum opted to attend Detroit before declaring after his junior season.
That lead to a selection in the second round by Sacramento where he spent the vast majority of his season garnering extra playing time by working with the Reno Bighorns. Eventually McCallum’s floor time increased for the Kings in part due to injuries and the rookie guard didn’t disappoint. In fact, general manager Pete D’Alessandro stated McCallum was the player who most impressed him during the 2013-14 season.
Ray McCallum, I’m so impressed a guy can go from being on the bench to playing 40 minutes a game. Anyone who has played basketball knows how much of a challenge that is.
Hard to disagree there as RayMac, in his freshman NBA season, went from D-League player to averaging 12 and 6 in the final month of the season.