Xavier landed a commitment from Belmont transfer Adam Kunkel Saturday afternoon.
Kunkel entered the transfer portal on July 21st, and took less than a week to make his decision. He chose Xavier over schools such as Creighton, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
The 6’3” guard from Kentucky was 1st team all-OVC last season, as he led Belmont with 16.5 points per game. He took a major leap last season as a sophomore after only averaging 2.3 points per game in 25 games as a freshman.
Kunkel is an excellent shooter, making 39% of his three-point attempts while shooting 6.5 per game.
He’ll help fill a need for three-point shooting, something Xavier has lacked the past two seasons. Kunkel also averaged nearly three rebounds and three assists per game, in addition to getting 30 steals.
He’s a sit one, play two transfer who will slide into a guard rotation that is currently set to include KyKy Tandy, Dwon Odom, and CJ Wilcher in 2021-2022.
Tandy, Wilcher, and Kunkel all project as at least above average shooters, and will provide plenty space for Odom, who projects as, at worst, respectable shooter, to penetrate and either finish or find a shooter.
Xavier still has one more scholarship available for next season, with Kunkel taking the 12th available scholarship.