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Source: Kentucky reaches out to Belmont transfer Adam Kunkel

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Kentucky has thrown its hat into the ring with Belmont transfer Adam Kunkel.

This afternoon, the 6-foot-3 guard out of Hebron, KY announced he would be exploring his transfer options, and sources tell KSR that Kentucky was one of the first schools to reach out.

UK joined the likes of Xavier, Iowa State, Creighton, Arkansas, Cincinnati, and Kansas in the first run of schools to express interest, sources tell KSR, with Louisville and St. John’s also reaching out after.

Back in June, speculation grew louder in Northern Kentucky that Kunkel was contemplating a transfer, with sources telling KSR that Kentucky was a school the Belmont star had his eye on and would seriously consider if the interest was mutual.

Kentucky is expected to watch Kunkel’s film this evening and continue maintaining contact throughout the week.

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, 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.

Kunkel is expected to sit out the 2020-21 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2021-22.

Check out some of his most recent highlights below:

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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11 Comments for Source: Kentucky reaches out to Belmont transfer Adam Kunkel

  1. UKLugo
    6:26 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Might be a decent option for ’21 and ’22. The ’21 crop of G is not stellar. UK’s top G option in that class, Hardy, is seriously considering the pro route.

  2. lexattorney
    6:27 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Color me shocked! I take back my earlier statement.

  3. satcheluk
    7:37 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    He has to decide if he wants to be at the top of the food chain or a role player with a chance to develop a bigger role like a Cameron Mills.

  4. csnailnrun
    8:59 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    As a Belmont graduate and on the XC/Track team, this sucks to see Kunkel transferring ?

    • Mr.Incognito
      9:19 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

      No, it doesn’t suck.

  5. BowdenQB4ever
    11:47 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    That’s awesome, would love to see him suit up. So many white kids are growing up in the bluegrass who could use a role model they can identify with on the court. So sad that systemic racism within basketball keeps white kids off our state team despite representing the majority of the population.

    • MississippiBlue
      6:47 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

      Cal doesn’t have an issue taking white players if he thinks they can play. However, he’s hesitant to take players from Kentucky. Probably because he doesn’t want to deal with the pushback if they don’t play.

    • UKLugo
      8:10 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

      The problem Cal has had with taking Kentucky kids is that they just haven’t been that good.

    • satcheluk
      2:35 pm July 22, 2020 Permalink

      Your live matters, barely.

  6. KatsKlaws
    1:14 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

    Hmm, is this where Kentucky Basketball is at now? Interesting

    • ClutchCargo
      8:43 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

      Cal always has a spot available in case an opportunity comes along to improve the roster. Nothing really new or interesting about that.