Former Cooper High School standout Adam Kunkel is set to transfer from Belmont.
Kunkel, a 6-foot-3, 165-pound guard out of Hebron, KY, announced this afternoon that he will be entering the transfer portal after two years with the program.
“First, I would like to thank God for giving me the ability and opportunity to play basketball at a high level,” said in a Twitter announcement. “I want to thank Belmont University as a whole from the administers, to the athletic trainers, to all of the amazing fans. So many people have impacted me in a positive way.
“I want to thank all of the coaches I’ve had for believing in me and pushing me to be better, all the teammates I’ve had for sharing memories with me that’ll stay with me forever, and most of all my family for all the love and support through many ups and downs.
“Belmont will always have a special place in my heart, but I’ve been faced with a difficult decision to make. After lots of thought and prayer I’ve decided to enter the transfer portal. Knowing my goals and aspirations, this feels like the best decision for me and I am excited about this new chapter in my life.”
— Kunk?? (@AKunK05) July 21, 2020
Last season, the Hebron native averaged 16.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and nearly one steal in 29.8 minutes per contest. On the year, the 6-foot-3 guard shot 43.3% overall and 39% from three.
In terms of individual performances, Kunkel finished with 20 or more points in eight games last season, including a career-high 35 points at Boston College back in November. Out of 33 total games, the standout guard hit two or more 3-pointers in 25 games, four or more in nine games, five or more twice, and seven makes once.
Back at Cooper, Kunkel was a four-year letter-winner under head coach Tim Sullivan, where he emerged as one of the top prep players in the state. As a senior in 2018, the in-state star was named All-State by the Associated Press & Louisville Courier-Journal, was a Kentucky Mr. Basketball Finalist, the Most Valuable Player of the Ohio-Kentucky All-Star Game, earned All-Cincinnati Area Boys’ Basketball Team honors by Cincinnati.com, and 2018 Kentucky Co-Ninth Region Player of the Year. He averaged 20.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game on 51 percent field goal percentage and shot 45 percent from three as a senior.
Now exploring his transfer options, Kunkel is expected to sit out the 2020-21 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2021-22.
The former Cooper star is expected to receive serious interest from high-major programs throughout the country, with sources telling KSR that Xavier, Iowa St., Creighton, Arkansas, Cincinnati, and Kansas are among the first schools to reach out early.
Sources tell KSR that Kunkel, who grew up a Kentucky fan and is the son of former UK football player Greg Kunkel, would be interested in joining the basketball team. While Xavier – the hometown school – is rumored to be an early favorite, one phone call from the Kentucky coaching staff could shift momentum in UK’s favor.