Kevin McCullar’s return to Kansas marks the Jayhawks’ top spot in the preseason

Kevin McCullar Jr. returns to Lawrence again

Kevin McCullar Jr. returns to Lawrence again
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THE Kansas Jayhawks they were is already a strong pick to be the first preseason men’s basketball next season with another top recruiting class, a loaded squad on the transfer portal, and a returning strong core. Not to mention a healthy Bill Self one of the best basketball coaches of all time. And I’m pretty sure my ears are still ringing from reporting the return of the border war against Mizzou from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence in December. 2021. Kevin McCullar Jr.decision to leave the NBA The draft process and Wednesday’s return to the Jayhawks leave no doubt: KU has the most stacked roster in the country heading into next season.

McCullar had a coinhe has a high chance to be drafted and has the best chance to make an NBA roster this summer and preseason. That would be far from certain. And back to one the blue blood of college basketball, will be a primary player on a team that is expected to contend for another national championship. The 6-foot-6 McCullar is known for his defensive prowess and was named a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist the past two seasons. He started 33 games for Kansas last season, averaging 10.7 points and seven rebounds. McCullar is also extremely experienced, having played three years at Texas Tech before transferring to Kansas.

The Jayhawks boast one of the deepest, most talented rosters rosters

McCullar’s return gives the Jayhawks what almost every team in the country wants. KU has too much elite talent. It will be an overcrowded starting lineup with an eight-to-nine player rotation that will be as good as it gets in America. Prior to McCullar’s return, Kansas looked to have a starting five of Dajuan Harris, Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson, Towson’s Nick Timberlake, Arterio Morris and KJ Adams. And you can’t forget star-studded freshman Elmarko Jackson, who will undoubtedly play a role for the Jayhawks this fall. It’s a juicy week with McCullar. I talked about Harris in high school and he became one the best distributors in the country. My alma mater is Tows, and throughout his college career, I watched Timberlake be a big fish in a small pond in greater Baltimore. A lighting 3-point shooter, the great passer and tough in transition. Some low level hits don’t go away. I bet Timberlake bucks that trend.

There was a lot of well-deserved buzz about Dickinson leaving Michigan to come to Kansas, as he was rated as the best player to enter the transfer portal this offseason. Being one of the best players in the Big Ten over the last few seasons in a conference with some of the worst defensive teams on the board should help the 7-foot center thrive. Adams is entering his third year in Lawrence and has stepped up to fill some voids The Jayhawks are a national championship team from two seasons ago. He is now a veteran at KU and should only improve in his junior season.

Naturally, there will be a competition early #1 spot Duke, UConn, Marquette, Houston, and others. But no one else has the combination of talent and depth, and experience, both on and off the court, like KU. It may be boring that the repetitive nature of Kansas is the best in college basketball. If you don’t like them, beat them. This is going to be one hell of a tough one things to do this winter and the upcoming spring.


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