Jarrett
Culver
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 194 lbs
School/Club: Texas Tech
Status: Sophomore
Birthday: 02/20/1999
 


DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Minnesota Timberwolves

About Jarrett Culver

Jarrett Culver is an athletic two-way guard who helped anchor one of one of the best defenses in recent college basketball history while raising his game offensively to guide Texas Tech to a National Championship Game appearance.  A largely unheralded prospect in the high school class of 2017 out of Coronado High School, Culver made an instant impact for the Red Raiders averaging 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game playing a complimentary role under Chris Beard.  The Lubbock native broke out in a major way this season averaging 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game shouldering a significant offensive burden to earn Big XII Player of the Year honors.

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  • Wiry athlete with solid explosiveness, very good quickness, and a strong lower body.  Has excellent size for a guard measured at the NBA Combine standing 6’6.75 in shoes with a 6’9.5 wingspan and a 194-pound frame that gives him positional versatility.
     
  • Played almost exclusively off the ball as a freshman, but split point guard duties as a sophomore as Texas Tech leaned heavily on him to create shots, score out of designed actions, and make things happen in key moments.  Came up with several big shots over the course of the year growing into his role to propel the defensive-oriented Red Raiders on the offensive end.  Showed marked improvement both creating his own shot and as a pick and roll passer.

Defensive Analysis

  • Competitive defender who guards multiple positions on the perimeter and has significant potential if his frame continues to improve.  Bought into the Red Raiders’ identity as arguably the nation’s intense defensive team.  Stayed engaged regularly guarding deep into the shot clock, showing attention to detail, and finishing possessions consistently on the glass.  Length, quickness, and sense of urgency helped him earn early minutes as a freshman. 
     
  • Has strong grasp of where to be and how to play within a team concept.  Allowed only 0.68 points per Spot Up possession[80th percentile] as showing good feet in closeout situations. 

Career Highlights

  • 2018-19 Big 12 Player of the Year and a Consensus All-America Second Team selection.
  • First Texas Tech player to surpass the 1,000-point mark as a Sophomore.
  • Finalist for the 2018-19 Wooden Award and Jerry West Award (nation’s top shooting guard).
  • Named on 2018-19 national player of the year midseason watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Lute Olson Award. 

Sophomore (2018-19)

  • Led the Red Raiders with 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
  • Selected to Final Four All-Tournament Team and named West Region Most Outstanding Player.
  • Posted 15 points and team highs of nine rebounds and five assists in an overtime loss to Virginia in the national title game.
  • Scored a career-high 31 points at Iowa State to help lead Tech to the program’s first Big 12 regular-season championship.
  • Three-time Big 12 Player of the Week.
  • Had 25 points and six rebounds vs. Duke (Dec. 20). 

Strengths

  • Very smooth and well-rounded offensive player.
  • Has terrific size and length for a wing.
  • Capable shooter off the dribble and catch.
  • Plus defender and superior rebounder from the wing. 

Personal

  • Culver's father, Hiawatha, is the team chaplain and delivers the pregame prayer for Texas Tech before each home basketball game.
  • His brother J.J. plays basketball at Wayland Baptist State and his other brother, Trey, was a track star at Texas Tech. 

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