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Two Scholarships Remain, One of Those Scholarships Is For McCullar

Chris Beard has two scholarship spots remaining.

The way the current men’s basketball roster sits is a little light, but don’t worry. Currently on the roster (and on scholarship) is Brandone Francis, Malik Ondigo, Jarrett Culver, Davide Moretti, and Norense Odiase. That’s just five scholarship players right there.

Chris Beard has added two graduate transfers, guard Matt Mooney (6-3/210) and center Tariq Owns (6-11/205), and that gets the scholarship numbers up to seven.

We next add in the three signees from the 2018 class: guard Kyler Edwards, forward Deshawn Corprew, and forward Khavon Moore. That’s ten scholarship players.

How did the scholarship numbers get to where they are today? Well, we knew about the seniors graduating. No surprise there. But then, Zhaire Smith ended up being a bad ass and went and got drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. Additionally, Missouri transfer point guard C.J. Roberts, who was supposed to be eligible in December, apparently had some grade issues and as a result is no longer on the roster. And last week when I was out, Josh Webster ended up transferring to Missouri State, which is probably best for him to get a lot of playing time. And as an aside, Webster was an absolute stellar teammate, he was the first up off the bench to cheer on the players on the court, he was just limited as to his impact on the court.

That’s three scholarship spots that were available until forward Joshua Mballa committed last week giving the Red Raiders another forward.

Beard is saving a spot for Kevin McCullar (6-6/180) the forward from San Antonio who is deciding between Texas Tech, Kansas State and Houston, but will count towards the 2018 class. And McCullar tweeted last night that he has made a decision and today should be the day he decides. He is going to arrive on campus in December and wherever McCullar goes, the coach will need to reserve a spot for him, which is why Texas Tech has two spots remaining

That leaves one additional open spot and your guess is as good as mine as to how that spot eventually gets filled.

Eligibility Chart

Position Player 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Guard Matt Mooney (6-3/210)
Davide Moretti (6-3/165)
Jarrett Culver (6-6/180)
Kyler Edwards (6-6/200)
Forward Brandone Francis (6-5/210)
Deshawn Corprew (6-6/216)
Khavon Moore (6-8/185)
Joshua Mballa (6-8/205)
Center Norense Odiase (6-9/255)
Malik Ondigo (6-10/210)
Tariq Owens (6-11/205)
TOTALS 11 7 6 3 0
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