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Sunday / July 14.
  • Kansas star Kevin McCullar ruled out of the NCAA Tournament

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Kansas coach Bill Self said star forward Kevin McCullar has been ruled of the NCAA Tournament.

    “Kevin’s not going to play,” Self said. “His knee pain has not subsided and it’s too bad for him to be able to contribute.

    “He tried to do it and just said that he couldn’t go.”

    The 6-foot-7 all-Big 12 guard, who averages 18.3 points and 6.0 rebounds, did not play last week in the Big 12 Tournament due to a knee injury and has not practiced much in the last six weeks but Self was hopeful he would play in the Big Dance.

    He has not played since March 9 against Houston.

    “If I could play, I would,” McCullar said in a statement on X. “I am more devastated than anyone, knowing that I can’t play and compete alongside my team and that my college career has now come to an end.”

    Kansas big man Hunter Dickinson also did not play in the Big 12 following a dislocated shoulder, but is expected to play when No. 4 Kansas (22-10) plays No. 13 Samford Thursday night. Samford is 29-5 after winning the SoCon Tournament.

    “Dickinson is doing great,” Self said Monday. “He’s actually practiced the last two days, non-contact. We’ve done a lot of dry stuff so that w

    McCullar is the projected No. 16 pick in the latest ESPN NBA Mock Draft.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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