Another Red Raider Enters the Mysterious NCAA Transfer Portal
Over the weekend, Kevin McCullar Jr. entered his name into the NBA Draft. The NCAA's relationship with the NBA is such that McCullar can now go to the NBA combine and meet with teams while retaining the final two years of his eligibility in college basketball. The statement from McCullar reads, to me, that if he does come back to play college basketball, he'll not come straight home to Texas Tech.
His direct quote in the statement is, "I will be maintaining my 2 years of NCAA eligibility and exploring those options if that time comes." My assumption is that Adams is thrilled for McCullar potentially living out his dream of playing in the NBA, but he'd certainly welcome him back to Lubbock if he chose to return.
On the heels of the NBA draft announcement, another Red Raider entered the transfer portal. After Terrence Shannon's submission, Chibuzo Agbo followed suit.
Agbo played two seasons at Texas Tech and the 6'7" guard was always highly spoken of as full of potential. Unfortunately, he never realized that potential while at Texas Tech. Stuck behind talented players in the rotation in both seasons, Agbo was relegated to playing deep off the bench where he never got to find a rhythm on the court.
The analytics of Agbo's time at Texas Tech seems to say he'd excel with a larger role, I just don't think he'll ever be able to find that at Texas Tech.
As you look at Texas Tech and the transfer portal, try to realize this isn't a Red Raider issue. Players from all over the country will transfer this offseason. Schools like Arkansas, Indiana, and West Virginia have had several players already enter the portal.
According to Travis Branham of 247 Sports, 113 players from major conferences have entered the portal with more than 875 from the D1 level at the time of this article.
So, while I'm sure Texas Tech will lose a few to the portal, there are plenty of more guys waiting to replace them on the roster.