‼️HYPE‼️ @Kevin_McCullar pic.twitter.com/knkB1wi24m
— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) November 4, 2022
A summer of transition has long since passed for Kevin McCullar, Jr.
After testing his value in the NBA market, he elected to return to college basketball. In making that move, he transferred from one Big 12 power program to another. McCullar decided to move on from the Texas Tech Red Raiders to join the Kansas Jayhawks.
McCullar, a former San Antonio-area standout from Wagner High School, played three seasons in Lubbock for the Red Raiders. The 6-foot-6 guard is now ready to suit up for the defending national champions, with Kansas scheduled to open the season at home on Monday night against Omaha (Neb.)
On the eve of Monday night’s season openers around the nation, here is a list of athletes from the San Antonio area on Division I men’s rosters. I’ve done my best to make this as comprehensive as possible, but, it’s likley that I’ve missed a few names. I’ll update accordingly when new information comes to light. Thanks, Jerry.
OK, here’s the list:
Adam Benhayoune, LSU, a 6-5 sophomore guard from O’Connor HS
Trey Blackmore, Cal State-Fullerton, a 6-2 freshman guard from Cole HS
Marques Gates, Houston Christian, a 6-0 redshirt freshman guard from Clemens HS
x-Vincent Iwuchukwu, Southern Cal, a 7-foot freshman center, formerly of Cole HS, La Lumiere, Ind., Montverde Academy, Fla.
Jalen Jackson, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, a 5-11 senior guard from Wagner HS
Ja’Sean Jackson, Abilene Christian, a 6-0 sophomore guard from Wagner HS
Ellis Jefferson, Lamar, a 6-0 senior guard from Brandeis HS
Gerald Liddell, Alabama State, a 6-8 senior forward from Steele HS; transfer from Texas
Carlton Linguard Jr., UTSA, a 7-foot junior center from Stevens HS, transfer from Temple JC and Kansas State
Silas Livingston, University of the Incarnate Word, a 5-9 freshman guard from Cole
Langston Love, Baylor, a 6-5 redshirt freshman guard, formerly of Steele HS, Montverde Academy, Fla.
Jayden Martinez, North Texas, a 6-7 senior forward from Steele; transfer from New Hampshire
Jordan Mason, Texas State, a 6-2 freshman guard from Clark
Kevin McCullar, Jr., Kansas, a 6-6 senior guard, formerly of Wagner High School, a transfer from Texas Tech.
Austin Nunez, Arizona State, a 6-2 freshman guard from Wagner HS
Ze’Rik Onyema, UTEP, a 6-8 sophomore forward from Jay HS
Dre Ray, Incarnate Word, a 5-9 freshman guard from Cole HS
Brendan Wenzel, Wyoming, a 6-7 guard from O’Connor HS; a transfer from Utah
Dalen Whitlock, Texas State, a 6-4 sophomore guard from Clark HS
Players with San Antonio roots who attended high school out of the area
Zach Clemence, Kansas, a 6-10 forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.) and Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.)
Micah Peavy, TCU, a 6-7 junior forward from Duncanville, transfer from Texas Tech
x-Seven-foot center Vincent Iwuchukwu isn’t practicing and hasn’t been medically cleared to play at Southern Cal following a reported cardiac arrest during a workout in July.
“This past summer I had a sudden cardiac arrest during a workout,” Iwuchukwu told Matt Norlander of CBS sports in a story published on Sept. 29. “Since the event, I have received optimal care from the university, and my personal expert medical team. Currently, I am adhering to the standard protocol designed to ensure my health and safety. I’m feeling great and my recovery and rehabilitation remain positive.”
In both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, Iwuchukwu led the Noe Cantu-coached Cole Cougars to consecutive UIL state tournament appearances.