Huntington point guard Rayshun McCullar shines ‘when the lights are on’
Huntington coach Mack Jones is bracing for life after Rayshun McCullar.
The senior point guard burst onto the Shreveport basketball scene four years ago as a dynamite point guard for the Raiders, leading them to some of the best seasons in school history. With McCullar as the primary point man, the Raiders (20-5) have compiled an 83-29 record and advanced at least to the LHSAA Class 4A second round for four consecutive seasons.
“He has been such a positive kid for us for four years,” Jones said. “He’s had pressure on him each year. Being the point guard is like being the starting quarterback. Everything is on his shoulders and he hasn’t disappointed us rather we’ve won or lost.”
McCullar was a key factor in the Raiders’ second-round playoff game Tuesday night, a 77-46 win against Washington-Marion in the Raiders' gym. After a slow first half that had the teams tied at 26, the McCullar-led defense blew the game open in the third quarter with a 26-10 frame that allowed the Raiders to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal against Beau Chene in Shreveport. McCullar scored 30 points, including 19 in the second half, while DeCedric Webb added 17.
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With offers from Louisiana Tech, SMU, Virginia Tech and Grambling, among others, the 6-foot-1 McCullar has yet to make a commitment.
“I’m waiting until our season ends,” McCullar said. “Then it will probably be the next week.”
A product of Shreveport’s Cedar Grove neighborhood, McCullar said he has leaned on Jones for stability and support.
“It’s not just basketball,” he said. “He’s like a father figure. Coach Jones teaches us about real-life situations and basically teaching us how to be men in the real world.”
McCullar is averaging 22.2 points and 6.1 assists per game to lead the Raiders and admits that he’s depending on basketball to carry him forward.
“It’s always been important, because I always knew if I put the work in and stay with it, who knows how far I’ll go – the sky is the limit,” he said.
McCullar said prior to Tuesday’s game that it’ll be tough to see his season end early, but he’s ready to move to the next level. And Jones is ready to see a kid who is positive with his teammates and willing to put in extra work his gain his wings.
“Rayshun has been a force for us each night,” Jones said. “I watch guys on the collegiate level that he’s had great success against. He has a great future ahead of him. He’s a quiet kid, but different when the lights are on.”
Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.