The Kevin McCullar Situation 😬

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There’s frustration right now around KU with the Kevin McCullar injury situation.

The Context: After KU’s game against Texas, Bill Self put McCullar’s status in question for the rest of the season with a bone bruise. On Monday, Self went further and said McCullar “wouldn’t be worth a crap in the NCAA Tournament” if he doesn’t return before then.

This situation isn’t all that simple. Yes, these things generally work themselves out (he’ll probably make it back). Still, KU and McCullar are running out of time to get comfortable before the postseason. I think the two parties have a long way to go.

I’ve Heard from sources that KU’s frustration stems from all parties (McCullar’s camp and KU) being fully confident he was ready to play vs. Oklahoma — and then it changed one game later.

  • There was a consensus that McCullar was physically ready to play vs. Oklahoma on Feb. 17.

    • Bill Self wouldn’t have played McCullar 35 minutes vs. the Sooners without everyone being fully confident he was ready to go. I believe KU had a hard green light for the OU game.

    • McCullar was rusty. He shot 4-14 with three turnovers vs. the Sooners, which continued a downward shooting trend over his previous five games.

      • These aren’t the kind of performances that help your draft stock.

        • In fairness, McCullar’s draft stock matters a ton. The stakes are life-changing for him, and KU wants him to go as high as possible.

  • Self didn’t mention any re-aggravation of the injury immediately following the Oklahoma game.

  • But during Hawk Talk just two days later, Self said McCullar did tweak his knee again vs. OU: “This is gonna be something he deals with probably for the rest of the year.”

    • The quote doesn’t read like Self thought there was a chance McCullar could miss the rest of the season.

    • Barring any significant re-injury, minor “tweaks” while playing with a bone bruise are fairly expected, as I understand it.

  • So McCullar was ready to go vs. OU, had a bad game, tweaked the knee, and then couldn’t go vs. Texas the following Saturday.

    • After talking to enough people, I’m confident in saying this whole sequence has been unusual.

  • McCullar’s change in availability has led to some internal frustration.

  • To be clear: Kansas won’t push McCullar to play if he isn’t comfortable going. It puts the staff in a weird position, though. KU basically has to wait until McCullar makes the call that he’s comfortable enough to play.

And it seems like Self has drawn a line as to when that decision has to be made.

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🏀 On Monday, Bill Self said McCullar has become an assistant coach for the Jayhawks. A lot of local outlets covered the quote as a compliment to McCullar. I personally don’t think Self meant it that way 😂

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