Detroit's Ray McCallum: I just want people to know who we are

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Ray McCallum wants to walk into a room and be noticed.

He wants his team to get credit for its success.

After winning the Horizon League Tournament and advancing to the school's first NCAA Tournament since 1999, the sophomore guard is getting his wish.

"I just want people around the country to know who we are," McCallum said Thursday.

The team's most prolific player said he's tired of being the unknown team from Detroit.

"I hate going to the airport as a team, and we got on our U of D warmpus with this Detroit Titan shield, and people have no idea who we are."

But those days are behind him. The evidence is in the days since Tuesday's championship.

"My dad and I are on the highway, (a man) was honking at us, on the Lodge, trying to get our attention," McCallum explained.

How did he respond to his new admirers?

"You gotta wave back at them. It's fun to get recognized for the hard work."

McCallum's well-documented journey to Detroit Mercy came with high expectations. His father, the Titans head coach who goes by the same name, has embraced the outside pressures.

When asked how his team would respond to a first-round matchup with a high-major team, McCallum said his team would be prepared. He pointed to games this season against Alabama, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, and St. John's.

"I'll ask the guys to draw on those experiences. It stays with you."

And when they get to the tournament, the fourth-year coach at Detroit isn't ready to stop the party.

"Our goal was to win a championship. My sense, is that we're gonna be in it to win - every time we step on the court. We showed that we can win away from Calihan."

Now, the nation will get a chance to see if they can do it on the big stage of the big dance.

"We're excited to be here, to have our name called on CBS. It's exciting," the younger McCallum said.

Maybe once the team's name is called on Selection Sunday, people in rooms across America will know the Titans name.

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