Mr. Robert McCullough ’65
Bob McCullough is a legendary Benedict College athlete who holds a spot in the upper echelon of all-time great basketball players in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. A heralded New York schoolboy athlete, he was recruited by Coach John E. Brown and scored 2,135 points for a 28.4 career average during his three years with the Tigers.
McCullough displayed textbook-pure shooting and was quicker than everybody guarding him. He made studder-steps dribbling down the court, then faded back for odd-angle 10 to17-foot jumpers that invariably went in the basket.
As a freshman in 1961-62, Bob canned 54, 56, and 64 points in exhibition games. In 1963-64, he was the star of Benedict’s national scoring championship basketball team that averaged 101.2 points per game. In 1964-65, he was the second leading scorer in the nation with a 36.4 points per game stat. He netted over 45 points on four occasions, 49 points twice and a single career high of 51 points against South Carolina State Bulldogs.
McCullough was the first black athlete to be selected for the All-Southern Textile Basketball All-Star Team in Greenville, SC. He was named to All-American Honorable Mention teams by sportswriters for United Press International and Converse Magazine in 1965, was offered a contract by the Harlem Globetrotters, and was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association. He was dropped from the Royals when All-Star guard Oscar Robinson renewed his contract.
In 1967, Bob played with the New Jersey Asbury Park Boardwalkers in the Eastern Professional Basketball League, now known as the CBA. He averaged 22 points and five assists per game and was selected to the All-Rookie Team.
McCullough earned a Master of Science degree from Lehman College and studied additionally at New York University, Cornell University and Hunter College. He is a New York Department of Education licensed school teacher, former counselor for Hunter College, and a published researcher who has lectured at conferences on mentoring in the US and abroad.
Throughout the years Bob McCullough has received numerous honors and awards as the commissioner of the internationally-known Rucker Summer Professional Basketball League and as co-founder of the National Association of Each One Teach One, a youth developmental mentoring program in East Harlem.