Syracuse freshman Chris McCullough to declare for NBA Draft

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Syracuse freshman forward Chris McCullough will declare for the NBA Draft, a source confirmed to The Juice Online on Thursday morning. The story was first reported by RealGM.

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McCullough suffered an ACL injury that benched him through most of the 2015 season.

McCullough was averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds before he suffered a torn ACL in January and missed the rest of the season. He is expected to return to action sometime in December.

McCullough is currently projected as the No. 5 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by NBADraft.net. Most current mocks have McCullough placed in the second round of this year’s draft.

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McCullough becomes the third player to leave the Syracuse program in less than a month. Sophomores Ron Patterson and BJ Johnson announced they were transferring.

The Orange bring in a highly touted recruiting class, including McDonald’s All-American Malachi Richardson, along with Frank Howard, Moustapha Diagne and Tyler Lydon. Syracuse continues to chase five-star center Thomas Bryant, who has Syracuse among his finalists.

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