Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber will need to come up with a new recruiting plan for the Wildcats’ lone remaining scholarship.
Kevin McCullar, a four-star guard out of San Antonio, committed to Texas Tech on Thursday. He chose the Red Raiders over K-State, Houston and Virginia Tech.
McCullar’s decision will come as a disappointment to K-State coaches and fans. The Wildcats recruited McCullar hard over the past few months and considered him their top recruiting target.
For good reason. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard is one of the nation’s top prospects. Rivals rates him 68th in its recruiting database, and 247Sports ranks him 69th.
As a junior at Wagner High School, he averaged 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
Originally a member of the 2019 recruiting class, McCullar plans to graduate early and reclassify into the 2018 class, allowing him to enroll a semester early and practice with his future team as a redshirt freshman before playing in his first college game.
K-State hosted McCullar on an official recruiting visit in June, and Weber traveled with associate head coach Chris Lowery to San Antonio for an in-home visit. The Wildcats did enough to become a finalist with McCullar, but he ultimately favored the Red Raiders.
It will be fascinating to see where Weber goes next on the recruiting trail.
K-State kept its 13th and final scholarship open in hopes of landing McCullar. Now there aren’t many quality prospects left unsigned, at least in the 2018 recruiting class.
Weber has said he would like to add a traditional transfer to K-State’s roster, someone who can practice with the Wildcats next year and be ready to join the playing rotation during the 2019-20 season. Perhaps he will seek some out in the coming days.
Or maybe he will choose to save the scholarship and use it for a 2019 recruit.
K-State returns its top seven scorers from last season, including the entire starting lineup, and will have the tools to build on its Elite Eight appearance with Barry Brown, Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade leading the way as seniors. But the Wildcats will need reinforcements after that group graduates.