Players Postgame Press Conference - Bears vs. McKendree
McCullough emerged as one of the top shot blockers in The Valley and showed steady improvement during his freshman season. If he can consistently rebound and score in the low post for the Bears, his upside will have a pivotal impact on this year's success. Took part in the "Man Up and Go" mission trip to Uganda this summer, earning him Missouri State's prestigious student Public Affairs Award in September.
2013-14 Started 20 of 28 games in which he appeared as a true freshman ... Finished sixth in the league in blocked shots (0.9) while making 52 percent of his field goal attempts ... Ended year with 4 straight starts, including CIT first-round game against Murray State (3/19/14) in which he went 4-for-7 from the field for 11 points with 4 boards ... Earned start against No. 2 Wichita State in MVC Semifinals (3/8/14) with 2 points and a steal ... Started his first MVC Tournament game vs. Illinois State (3/7/14) with 2 points and 2 boards ... Dropped 6 points on No. 2 Wichita State (3/1/14) with an assist and 2 boards in a starting role ... Went 2-for-3 from the field with a pair of rebounds off the bench in win over Loyola (2/2514) ... Made first start in three weeks with 24-minute outing in win over Indiana State (2/22/14) with 6 points, 2 rebounds and a pair of blocks ... Returned to action at Illinois State (2/18/14) with 7 minutes after missing 5 games (2/1 to 2/15/14) with a concussion he suffered in practice ... Won the opening tip at Drake (1/29/14) in his return to the starting rotation ... Went 5-for-5 from the field en route to a career-high 13-point outing at UNI (1/18/14) while sharing team-high rebounding honors (4) ... Saw 20 minutes off the bench and posted a dunk and 2 blocked shots vs. No. 6 Wichita State (1/11/14) ... Blocked a pair of shots and snagged a team-high 6 rebounds in first effort off the bench in win at Bradley (1/8/14) ... Had 3 blocked shots in home win over Alabama A&M (12/21/13) to go with 5 boards ... Had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in starting role at No. 4/6 Louisville (12/17/13) ... Posted first career double-figure scoring effort with 11 points in win over Cameron (12/4/13) with 3 blocks and 3 rebounds ... Registered first career steal in loss to Virginia (11/30/13) in Corpus Christi finals ... Scored game's first points in starting role in team's win over Texas A&M (11/29/13) ... Notched 7 points for second straight game in win over Hampton (11/24/13) with a 3-for-4 shooting effort and a dunk ... Scored 7 points against Grambling (11/20/13) ... Tallied 5 rebounds in home opener against Tulsa (11/16/13) in a starting role ... In his collegiate debut, he posted 9 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists in a starting role to help the Bears defeat Old Dominion (11/8/13) ... Earned a spot on the MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll for the fall 2013 semester.
High School Averaged 9.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game as an Arkansas Class 7A all-state performer his senior season at Fayetteville (Ark.) High ... Team captain and Regional MVP led coach Kyle Adam's Bulldogs to a 26-4 record and state runner-up finish in 2012-13 ... Shot 57 percent from the field during his final prep season and earned Arkansas 7A all-state tournament team honors for the third straight year ... Was on the Northwest Arkansas All-Big Six first team, KURM Dream Team and 7A West all-conference team for the third year in a row ... In 2011-12, he was part of a 21-7 club that also made it to the 7A finals ... Averaged 11.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game as a junior while earning all-state, all-conference and team MVP distinction ... Shot 59 percent from the field and broke the Fayetteville season block record (86) in 2011-12 while earning MVP honors in the Springfield Kickapoo Tournament ... Bulldogs were 15-14 in 2010-11 but advanced to the state quarterfinals with McCullough as a starter ... Was part of a 25-0 run as a freshman in 2009-10 while earning all-regional tournament honors.
Personal William Tyler McCullough was born 12/15/94 in Fayetteville, Ark. ... Son of Rick and Lisa McCullough of Fayetteville ... Has a sister, Emily ... Majoring in Finance ... Chose Missouri State over Nebraska, UALR, Tulane and Arkansas State ... Also recruited by Oregon State, Belmont, Minnesota and Virginia Tech ... Biggest sports thrill was winning his final home game during his junior season at Fayetteville High. .