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KU senior wing Kevin McCullar labored Washburn coach Brett Ballard’s camp for teens on Thursday at Eudora Excessive.

Critical about making an impression in his senior season at Kansas, Texas Tech switch Kevin McCullar will possible move on the chance to return to his residence state of Texas for a well-deserved trip.

As a substitute of heading to San Antonio for some ‘R and R’ he insists he’s, “excited to maintain going. I don’t suppose I’m going residence in August. I’m going to be up right here simply figuring out, engaged on my recreation,” McCullar, KU’s 6-foot-6, 210-pound males’s basketball wing from San Antonio, stated Thursday.

He spoke with media members at Eudora Excessive College after serving as a camp counselor at Washburn College coach and former KU guard Brett Ballard’s two-day basketball camp for teens.

McCullar has been in Lawrence for KU’s 2022 summer season college session, which began June 7 and runs till July 29. After a remaining week on the town, the gamers will likely be allowed to go residence with the goal return date of round Aug. 22, the official begin of the 2022-23 college yr.

“Actually the primary factor I’m engaged on is simply pulling down open photographs, just about being as versatile as I can like all the time. I really feel that’s all the time been a giant a part of my recreation, having the ability to contact each side within the recreation — making profitable performs, being versatile on each ends of the ground, cleansing up the whole lot and undoubtedly pulling down open photographs,” stated McCullar.

The fifth-year senior averaged 10.1 factors, 4.6 rebounds and three.1 assists per recreation final yr for (27-10) Texas Tech. He hit 40.2% of his photographs, together with 31.1% of his threes.

McCullar elected to enter his identify within the 2022 NBA Draft whereas additionally getting into the switch portal after the season. He finally determined to play at KU as an alternative of finalist Gonzaga and put the draft on maintain one other yr.

“The primary factor they informed me,” McCullar stated of NBA officers, was ‘hold competing on each ends of the ground. That’s what the NBA is in search of. When you are available proper now you aren’t going to get 30 photographs up enjoying with LeBron (James) or Okay.D. (Kevin Durant). You’ve obtained to search out different methods to impression the sport.’

“I should be versatile so far as my general recreation and actually simply seeing how essential the numbers are from the three-point line. You’ve obtained to knock them down when open, simply create profitable performs and make everyone round you higher,” McCullar said.

So McCullar, who was recognized for his defensive prowess at Texas Tech, has been working exhausting on taking pictures from past the arc.

“Our guards … we make a minimal of not less than 250 to 300 (threes) a day,” McCullar stated. “Getting within the lab, placing within the time and investing in your self and the sport … coach (Invoice) Self instills confidence in his gamers. That goes a good distance.”

Washburn coach Ballard believes McCullar will likely be a useful addition. He says he ought to have the ability to to stretch the protection by way of the three to go together with different components of his recreation.

“It’s exhausting to go from being a foul shooter to a terrific shooter. In Kevin’s occasion he’s not a foul shooter. He’s a strong shooter that’s attempting to turn out to be nice. Guys can try this,” Ballard stated Thursday. “Have a look at Ochai (Agbaji). He’s an instance of a very good shooter that made himself even higher. Kevin is a man who can knock down photographs which we hope he can proceed to do.

“He’s a kind of longer wings, an elite defender. Coach Self values guys that may guard. That stands out together with expertise. All people is attempting to become old in school basketball. He brings a wealth of expertise,” Ballard said.

McCullar, like the remainder of his KU teammates, not solely is engaged on ability set however conditioning this summer season.

The Jayhawks twice this summer season session have held exercises working up and down steep Campanile Hill outdoors the soccer stadium.

“On Friday morning we rise up earlier than the solar’s up and rise up on the hill and do some working and conditioning,” stated McCullar, who indicated the crew has taken half in hill exercises twice with one other session to return within the close to future.

“That hill doesn’t cease. It retains going. It’s crew bonding in a method. It’s enjoyable. After that we’ve a little bit pool day and have a very good time.”

He stated he’s tried to be like a “massive brother” to incoming perimeter gamers Gradey Dick and MJ Rice.

“I’ve been in school some time,” McCullar stated, glad to lend his experience to youthful Jayhawks. “They’re nice freshmen. Gradey … his character is one of the best. He’s so humorous. He can actually shoot the ball lights out. He’s an athletic participant who causes havoc.

“MJ is admittedly robust. He can get downhill every time, create for others rather a lot,” McCullar added. “Within the choose and roll he has nice imaginative and prescient. On each ends of the courtroom he performs exhausting.”

Of KU’s two freshmen bigs, McCullar stated: “Ernest (Udeh) and Zuby (Ejiofor) are rim protectors, catch lobs, run the ground exhausting. They play their butts off day by day in observe. They’re getting higher day by day.”

The final a number of weeks have satisfied McCullar he has made the proper resolution in attending KU a yr as an alternative of turning professional.

“It’s like a household right here. I’m loving it and I’m all purchased into it,” McCullar stated.

This story was initially revealed July 21, 2022 8:52 PM.

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Gary Bedore covers all points of Kansas basketball for The Star — the present crew in addition to former gamers and coaches and recruiting. He attended KU and was born and raised in Chicago, in addition to Lisle, In poor health.

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