Bill Self’s Transfer Addition Will Be Key in Kansas’ Championship Defense
After winning his second career Division I NCAA men’s Basketball Championship with Kansas, head coach Bill Self is right back in action and gearing up for next season with the addition of one explosive in-conference transfer to pair with a quartet of top-60 incoming freshmen. While that doesn’t particularly scream “repeat” from Self following the losses of Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, David McCormack, Remy Martin, and more, the Jayhawks are shaping up for yet another competitive year in the Big 12 with a completely new offensive look for their title defense.
Kansas Transfer Additions:
KEVIN MCCULLAR JR, TEXAS TECH
10.1 PPG / 4.6 RPG / 3.1 APG
Kevin McCullar announced his commitment to Kansas on May 19 sparking the controversy that in-conference transfers do as the 6-foot-6 guard prepared to leave Texas Tech after three seasons in Lubbock, two as a starter. According to Self, he sees McCullar as a versatile wing who has a history of playing at the point but also has the height and athleticism to play across different positions which will fit the Jayhawks’ flexible style well.
And as a player, McCullar has become known as a playmaker who can attack the rim with authority but also moves well off the ball helping to draw defenders and create space for teammates. His shooting needs work but in three seasons with the Red Raiders, he’s only shown steady improvement managing just 28% from three as a freshman and finishing with a slightly increased 31% last season.
With now eight total players on Kansas’ roster that are former top-100 prospects in their respective classes and only one currently qualifying as an upperclassman, McCullar is the ideal veteran presence to help lead this Jayhawks team as they defend their conference and NCAA titles.
TPR’s Projected Lineup for Kansas:
Dajuan Harris, G
Joseph Yesufu, G
Kevin McCullar, G/F
Jalen Wilson, F
Zach Clemence, C