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Drama Surrounding Kevin McCullar’s Return for Kansas: Report

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While Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks continue to wait for senior guard Kevin McCullar to return to action following a knee injury, questions from McCullar’s camp appear to be complicating things.

According to a report from KUHearings’ Mike Vernon, McCullar’s return to Kansas this season has included more drama than originally anticipated.

 

Vernon spoke about the situation on an episode of the CouldBeWrong Podcast, saying, “I think there’s some drama. I think that’s fair to say. [Bill Self’s] Comments were very direct. They were heavy handed and weren’t subtle. He’s trying to motivate Kevin to get back and it’s pretty clear. Maybe it’s expectation setting but that is talking to Kevin.”

Many have taken the situation to mean McCullar is focused on protecting his NBA Draft stock and doesn’t want to risk another setback ahead of draft night. McCullar is an integral piece of Bill Self’s team and currently averages 19.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game in his fifth season of college basketball.

Bill Self spoke on McCullar’s status ahead of the BYU game and mentioned that McCullar “Definitely will not play tomorrow.” He then stressed the importance of introducing the Texas native back on the court at the right time to avoid a slow start. “If you start playing him after the Big 12 Tournament, he wouldn’t be worth a crap in the NCAA Tournament,” Self said.

McCullar’s return timeline will be storyline to follow as conference play comes to a close in the Big 12 Conference. Kansas takes the court next against BYU on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas at 7:00 PM CT.

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