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The NBA draft combine has Johnny Furphy, Kevin McCullar Jr.

LAWRENCE – Kansas basketball will not be unrepresented at this year’s NBA draft combine, according to a news release Friday.

Johnny Furphy of the Jayhawks, who was a freshman guard last season, has been invited. Their Kevin McCullar Jr., a graduated senior guard from last season, has also been invited. It’s another step in the pre-draft process for those two that could very well see them selected in the first round of the NBA draft.

Furphy burst onto the scene as a rookie this past season, emerging as a starter for Kansas in Big 12 Conference play. His three-point shooting ability and athleticism made him a valuable member of the Jayhawks’ rotation. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.6% from the field and 35.2% from behind the arc.

Had McCullar been fully healthy this past season, he likely would have become an All-American. He is one of the best defensive players in the Big 12, not to mention the nation. He is someone who can excel on both ends of the field. He averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Kansas graduate senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr. reacts after sinking a 3-pointer against Kansas State in the first half of the Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse on March 5, 2024.Kansas graduate senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr. reacts after sinking a 3-pointer against Kansas State in the first half of the Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse on March 5, 2024.

Kansas graduate senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr. reacts after sinking a 3-pointer against Kansas State in the first half of the Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse on March 5, 2024.

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Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. He is the National Sports Media Association Sportswriter of the Year for the state of Kansas for 2022. Contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.

This article originally appeared in Topeka Capital-Journal: NBA draft combine invites Johnny Furphy from Kansas, Kevin McCullar Jr.