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Returning Player Breakdown: Kevin McCullar

Kevin McCullar will be one of Tech’s returning starters and one of the leaders of this team.

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McCullar will be entering his junior year with Texas Tech after redshirting his freshman year in the 2018-19 season when Texas Tech went to the Final Four. Many were not too sure of his position when Coach Beard left for Texas, but McCullar decided to stay to play for new head coach Mark Adams and company.

McCullar certainly has improved his game from last season to this past season. He had new career highs in points per game as he averaged 10.4, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, and 1.7 steals a game. McCullar also earned himself All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

McCullar probably had his best game last season against Texas. He put up 16 points, and 8 rebounds. He was 6-7 from the field including 2-2 from three-point range. Tech would go on to beat Texas that night 79-77.

Ever since he came in McCullar has been a hard nosed, all-out hustle, diamond in the rough type of player. He won’t put up the flashiest numbers but it’s like the saying goes “Big-time players make big-time plays” and whenever Tech needs a play on offense or a stop on defense you can him being involved in some type of way. McCullar has turned into one of Tech’s top defenders, and you can see him every almost every game guarding the opponent’s best player.

McCullar was one of Tech’s top scorers in their NCAA Tournament game against Arkansas in the Round of 32 with 15 points. Look for him to take another leap this year and turn into an All-Big 12 player.

McCullar’s game is he won’t shoot lights out every game or put 30 points up. His game is to defend and get rebounds and attack the rim with his strength. His best part of his game is probably his mid range jumper. He doesn’t have the best three-point percentage but it is not wise to leave him wide open or he will make you pay and knock them down when he needs too.

At 6’6 I think McCullar can play any of the 1-4 positions where we did see him run the offense a few times last season, and he has the strength to post up those smaller guards to take them to the basket.

Tech fans should be excited to see McCullar play this season and how this coaching staff can progress him even further and how to use his skillset to the best of his ability to make this team successful and dangerous.

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