🆕 Kevin McCullar Update

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  • 🤞 A Kevin McCullar Update

  • 📝 Quick Links: Leipold Contract + great KU Hoops recruiting story

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I’m Hearing there’s increased confidence in Kevin McCullar’s long-term outlook as he recovers from a knee bone bruise. In fact, I think there’s a good chance McCullar plays some minutes Saturday vs. Baylor, barring a setback in the next 24 hours.

  • For context around why I said “barring a setback”

    • KU would want McCullar to practice with the team before playing Saturday. All parties will then want to be comfortable in how his knee responds after practicing. This has been touch-and-go, so it’s hard to be fully confident with any Hearings.

So, while the status isn’t definitive, it’s looking likely that McCullar will return to Kansas before the Big 12 and NCAA Tournament.

What we’ve seen play out isn’t the most typical situation. In Tuesday’s Hearings, I wrote there was some some “internal frustration” regarding his change in availability.

Both McCullar’s camp and KU seem to have gotten aligned on how to move forward. Everyone needed to agree that it was safe for McCullar to play.

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

Self’s comments this week were a reflection of KU needing to know if McCullar was comfortable enough to return this year. It was getting late have this much uncertainty from your All-American wing.

And it sounds like the decision was made.

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3 quickies for KU fans!

🏀 The Kansas City Star profiled Johnny Furphy in on Friday. I love this and hope we continue to see more deep dives to learn about who KU athletes truly are as people.

🏈 ICYMI: Lance Leipold signed his extension with KU football this week. He’ll average $7.3M per year, according to USAToday. And he made a great joke about him and his player’s finally getting in the same tax bracket during his press conference. (I’ll have more on the contract next week).

🏀 This is gonna hurt. Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson talked about how they almost went to Kansas on a podcast this week. The Bill Self commentary is great 😂

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