Belmont Transfer, Adam Kunkel has committed to Xavier.
After announcing earlier this week that he would transfer, Adam Kunkel has decided to transfer to Belmont. I’m kind of surprised here, just based on the caliber of the schools who contacted him, he opted to go to Xavier. He also heard from schools like Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, Cincinnati, Creighton, and Dayton. Kunkel is from Hebron Kentucky, which is located 30 minutes from Xavier’s campus, so a waiver is definitely possible if chooses to apply for one.
Kunkel had 16 points per game last season while shooting 39% from deep for Casey Alexander’s Bruins. Kunkel likely won’t be playing this season since he’s a sit-one, play-two guy, Xavier has an interesting season coming up, they lose Quinton Goodin, Naji Marshall, and Tyrique Jones, so it will be a bit of a rebuild upcoming. Xavier will lose Paul Scruggs, Nate Johnson, and Jason Carter all after this season. They’ll be building around KyKy Tandy, Zach Freemantle, Adam Kunkel, and Dwon Odom for the 2021-22 season. I’d expect them to be heavy players in the transfer portal after the 2020-21 season also. They do have some big name guys coming in this year like Dwon Odom, C.J. Wilcher, and Caleb Jones. Odom and Wilcher are highly touted guys who will be big players at some point during their Musketeers career. They also bring in a 2021 recruit Cesare Edwards, a 6’10 Forward who’s a four-star recruit.
Travis Steele’s career as Xavier’s head coach hasn’t gone exactly how he’d have wanted it to go I’m sure. A team with huge potential, in both seasons they end with 19 wins. They may have been in the field of 68 had the NCAA Tournament taken place this season, but in 2018-19 they made the NIT.
With the Musketeers far from a lock to be a Tournament team in 2020-21, the real big season for Coach Steele could come in 2021-22 where it could determine his future at Xavier. I think Steele is a solid coach, but he’s yet to prove that he can sustain the same level of success that was experienced with Chris Mack. I think he can at some point but it’s some what of a talking point.
Xavier in 2021-22 will be a team to watch out for.