Kunkel led the Belmont Bruins in scoring as a sophomore with 16.5 points per game and shot 39% from behind the three-point line. He is leaving Belmont for a bigger stage in hopes of playing high-level college basketballs and propelling that to a professional career.
While many look at the 6-3 guard as just a shooter, he showed like season that he can certainly score in a variety of ways. The big question is whether or not he will be able to defend at a higher level of college basketball.
Kentucky did show interest in Kunkel when he entered the transfer portal, but it was never announced that he had a scholarship offer. It is always great to have Kentucky natives on the roster, but fans should be supportive of Kunkel as he chases his own personal success elsewhere.
Kunkel played his high school basketball in northern Kentucky at Cooper High School, so it makes sense that he would want to stay close to home and play in Cincinnati at Xavier. The Musketeers did not have anyone on the roster that shot better han 38% from three last season, so it seems like Kunkel will meet a need there when he becomes eligible.