Thursday, the Texas Tech basketball team picked up a verbal commitment from 4-star point guard Kevin McCullar from San Antonio, Chris Beard’s most coveted target in the current class.
The Texas Tech basketball program is making the most of its newfound success. Already with arguably the best recruiting class in program history on campus, Chris Beard has added another jewel to his haul.
Thursday, 4-star point guard Kevin McCullar announced his intention to sign with the Red Raiders making him the second 2018 prospect to commit to Texas Tech this week. Monday, power forward Josh Mballa also joined the Texas Tech recruiting class signing his letter of intent.
Now, Beard may have put the 2018 class to rest with arguably his biggest victory. McCullar is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard from San Antonio who is widely considered to be the best point guard in Texas despite the fact that he is just a junior.
But McCullar plans to skip his senior season of high school basketball and enroll at Texas Tech in January making him part of the 2018 class. He will redshirt the 2018-19 season while focusing on developing his game on the court and in the weight room under the guidance of the Texas Tech basketball staff.
The No. 69 overall prospect in the 247Sports.com 2018 rankings, McCullar posted 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game last season as a junior at Wagner High School. In addition to Texas Tech, McCullar took official visits to Houston, Kansas State, Louisville and Virginia Tech. He also boasts offers from Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma, TCU and Xavier.
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The Red Raiders’ current class is ranked No. 32 in the nation by 247Sports and boasts another top-100 prospect in 6-foot-8 forward Khavon Moore from Georgia, the No. 53 overall prospect in America. But fans will have to wait a year to see McCullar don the Double-T which could be perfect timing in the long run.
Many expect Texas Tech to lose sophomore guard Jarrett Culver to the NBA Draft next summer. The Lubbock native and leading returning scorer for the 2018-19 Red Raiders is listed by virtually every scouting service as a top-20 2019 NBA Draft prospect.
Additionally, senior guards Brandone Francis and Matt Mooney will be departing the program following the upcoming season making McCullar’s presence on the 2019-2020 team invaluable. And what is more exciting is that McCullar’s decision is a continuation in the emergence of Texas Tech basketball.
After leading Texas Tech to the Elite 8 with a roster featuring only one former top-100 recruit (Francis), Beard is now getting an audience with some of the best prospects in the nation. And what’s more, he’s landing commitments from them. First it was Moore and now with McCullar in the mix, Texas Tech basketball fans are once again dreaming bigger than ever before.