Interview: Ray McCallum discusses PG crop in Michigan

September 25, 2012 in Cover Story, Division I

Editor’s Note: I attended some of the festivities at the University of Detroit’s Legends and Traditions Weekend Sept. 22 and did four interviews with people I ran into there. Check back later today for the fourth. — P.H.

By Patrick Hayes

I’ve written before about my belief that the state of Michigan will boast three of the best Division I point guards in the country next season — Michigan‘s Trey Burke, Michigan State‘s Keith Appling and University of Detroit‘s Ray McCallum. I was able to talk with McCallum for a few minutes Sept. 23 as he watched the alumni game at U of D’s Legends and Traditions Weekend.

For the guys on the team now, how has this weekend been getting to see and talk to some of the players from different eras of Detroit basketball back on campus?

It’s a lot of fun. We’ve seen a lot of great players and heard about the tradition and legacy that they left here. Getting to meet some of these guys and be around them for a weekend and hear the conversations they have has been great. We’re just trying to live up to their legacy and do what they did and more.

You lost some key guys from your NCAA Tournament team a year ago, what is U of D basketball capable of this season?

We’re trying to build on last year and do better than last year. We have a really good team coming back and added some new guys to the team who are gonna help. Our team chemistry is good. We’re just excited to get the season underway and looking forward to a good year.

I covered Mott Community College for a couple of years, so I have to ask you about Doug Anderson. What kind of weapon is he for a point guard, to have a guy who loves to run the floor and finish the way he does?

I love playing with Doug. Doug is a high energy guy, and of course we love the dunks. Doug saves me sometimes driving down the lane. I can just kind of throw it up towards the rim and Doug’s gonna catch it and finish it. He’s put in a lot of work this summer and he’s got a lot better. I know he’s going to have a big senior year.

In Michigan right now, with Burke at Michigan and Appling at Michigan State, you’re part of a really good group of point guards. I know you played a little against Keith in high school, but what are your thoughts on that group you’re a part of right now at Michigan schools?

It’s pretty special. The state of Michigan has a lot of good point guards. Keith and myself both being from Michigan and Trey from Ohio, it just shows you that this area (of the country) produces some pretty good players.


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