After helping Texas Tech reach the NCAA championship game this spring, sophomore swingman Jarrett Culver has opted to enter the 2019 NBA draft, he announced today at a press conference (Twitter link). While Culver can withdraw his name anytime up until May 29, it would be a surprise if he does so.
Culver, who turned 20 in February, is currently the No. 6 prospect on Jonathan Givony’s big board at ESPN.com, and looks like a lock to be a lottery pick. In his latest mock draft, Givony wrote that despite Culver’s up-and-down play during the NCAA tournament, there’s plenty to like about his game on both ends of the floor.
Givony describes Culver as a player who has the versatility to guard three positions, as well as an active defender and rebounder. The young wing has also shown an improved ability as an on-ball creator and is a reliable shot-maker, though his release is somewhat slow, according to Givony, who has Culver coming off the board at No. 6 to the Wizards in that aforementioned mock.
For the 2018/19 season, Culver averaged 18.5 PPG, 6.4 RPG, and 3.7 APG with a .461/.304/.707 shooting line. He shot just 3-and-12 from the floor in the Final Four versus Michigan State and 5-of-22 against Virginia in the NCAA championship. However, he had some stronger performances earlier in March Madness, including 29 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in round one against Northern Kentucky.