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Kevin McCullar Returning to College Basketball to Play for Kansas

NCAA Basketball: Texas at Texas Tech

Kevin McCullar announced on Wednesday that he is returning to college basketball and will play for the Kansas Jayhawks next season.

McCullar, who declared for the NBA Draft and retained his college eligibility, had already announced that if he returned to college basketball he would do so with Kansas.

McCullar made the announcement on social media.  

 

McCullar’s tweet had one reply — from former Texas Texas women’s star Vivian Gray.

McCullar’s announcemen came shortly after Jalen Wilson also announced he would return to Lawrence next season. The return of both is a big deal for the defending champions.

Kansas looks young going into 2022-23. Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack are in the NBA Draft pool, while Christian Braun remained in the NBA Draft after a productive NBA Combine and a projected late-first round grade. The Jayhawks lost Remy Martin, Jalen Coleman-Lands and Mitch Lightfoot to eligibility.

When McCullar announced that he would enter the transfer portal, in addition to testing the NBA Draft waters, he quickly narrowed his transfer destinations to two schools — Kansas and Gonzaga. Gonzaga reached the national championship game in 2021.

McCullar was one of the players who announced he would return to Texas Tech immediately after Mark Adams was elevated to head coach last April, making him the last link to the Red Raiders’ 2019 national championship game run.

McCullar appeared in 78 games over three seasons with Texas Tech, starting in 49 of those contests, and averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game.

McCullar averaged 10.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists for the Red Raiders during the 2021-22 college basketball season and was a big reason why Texas Tech was able to get to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four tournaments.

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