Texas 2019 guard Kevin McCullar could be close to a Stanford offer
July can be an exciting month for basketball recruits who catch the eyes of college basketball coaches. Junior Kevin McCullar of Wagner High (San Antonio, Texas) was a standout during the summer and Stanford’s coaching staff was one of many who liked what they saw.
The 2019 point guard recently earned offers from Oklahoma and Houston, two schools he visited this week. Stanford may soon be added to the list. McCullar said he talked Wednesday with Stanford assistant and recruiting coordinator Adam Cohen.
Even though Cohen is in Estonia for the FIBA U18 Championship, he called McCullar to check in and give an update about Stanford’s recruiting process.
“He said they haven’t had a chance to talk about July (evaluation period) with the coaching staff, yet, because they haven’t been together,” McCullar said. “Once they do they’re going to talk about me and I should get an offer from them.”
A Stanford offer would be “very exciting,” McCullar said. The academics at Stanford appeal to McCullar -- he described his grades as mostly As with a B “every now and then" -- and he has already taken the SAT and is willing to retake to improve his score. With an offer in hand a visit would likely follow to The Farm.
Cohen has been the main contact for McCullar but the 2019 prospect noticed during the last weekend in July that Stanford’s other coaches watched him play in Las Vegas. McCullar has shown an ability to play several positions, but he has a preference.
“At the college level I really want to play the point guard,” he said. “I’ve been working on it a lot -- ball handling, being able to create shots for myself, get to the rim and make other people better, too.”
Which college he will suit up for is a long way from being determined, but after enjoying trips to Oklahoma and Houston he has a better idea of what he is looking for to make a final choice.
“I’m really looking for a family atmosphere and the bond with the coaches,” McCullar said. “I want to be able to come in and make an impact right away.”
Helping him in the recruiting process is his father, who also is Kevin McCullar. An assistant coach at Wagner, McCullar played football in college and his son said he likes having a familiar face demand the best from him on the court.
“He pushes me harder than other people would,” the junior said. “It’s fun having him there and having someone I can trust and know he’s always there for me when I need him. He played college football at Texas Tech, so he knows the recruiting process and everything. He’s helping out a lot with it.”
The younger McCullar also has an inside source to talk to about the Stanford experience. Kiana Williams is a freshman point guard at Stanford and she was an All American at Wagner High. McCullar transferred to Wagner after his freshman year and during his sophomore year he became “good friends” with Williams.
“I told her to let me know how it is up there (at Stanford) and how she likes it,” he said. “And she’s liking it.”