Newest Mac cage recruit eager for university ball

McMaster recruit David McCulloch (right) celebrated Newman's third straight HWCAA trophy earlier this year.  (Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

McMaster recruit David McCulloch (right) celebrated Newman’s third straight HWCAA basketball trophy earlier this year. (Photo: Gerry Graham/HWCDSB)

On the heels of the best McMaster men’s basketball season in years, Marauder coach Amos Connolly feels he has landed a prize catch in Hamilton native David McCulloch, who has committed to join the Maroon and Grey for his university career.

One of the most highly recruited athletes in the Hamilton area, McCulloch helped power his Cardinal Newman Cardinals to three consecutive Hamilton Catholic high school senior championships and berths in the last two Ontario federation of School Athletic Associations’ Quad-A tournaments, winning the provincial bronze medal in 2013.

Perhaps channeling some “Luck of the Irish” on St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, Connolly called McCulloch’s commitment a great day for Marauder basketball. “Our fans got a taste of the nationals this season,” said Connolly. “Having David join our McMaster family adds a key component toward our mission of winning a national championship.”

Being very thorough through the recruiting process, McCulloch narrowed his preferred schools down to a small group before deciding on McMaster.

“I feel pretty relieved because the process was getting pretty stressful, and along with school and the basketball season, it was tough to focus on everything at once. Now that I’ve made my decision I can put my focus into grades, developing my game and preparing for the next level.”

Ranked among the top 30 graduating players in Canada, McCulloch garnered recruiting interest on both sides of the border and was on the radar of Canadian Interuniversity Sport powers like Carleton and Windsor.

“David is a true competitor and brings the entire package to the floor,” said Connolly. “He is a gritty defender who can run the offense and score from either guard spot. I have no doubt his high basketball IQ will allow him to adjust quickly to the next level. And, like most kids from Hamilton, he plays with toughness.”

Joining a team that just qualified for the nationals has McCulloch excited about getting his varsity career started. “I’m looking forward to playing for Coach Amos and with the great team he’s put together at Mac,” McCulloch said. “I can’t wait to play against some of the elite teams and players that I have watched from the stands. It’s a great opportunity to prove myself against the best, while learning from them at the same time.”

McCulloch is the second recruit to commit to the Marauders for 2014, joining another Hamilton standout, post Brian Hyrski from Sir Allan MacNab.