Jarrett Culver was born in Dallas in 1999. His parents, Hiawatha, a pastor, and Regina, the director of a local Head Start program, instilled in Culver and his two brothers an early love for religion and basketball. Culver's father is the team chaplain at Texas Tech University, where Culver spent four years playing basketball, and where older brother Trey competed in track and field. The third Culver brother, J.J., plays college basketball at Wayland Baptist University. Jarrett became a star at Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, averaging 20.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a junior. He upped those totals as a senior, averaging 30.0 points per game. Culver chose Texas Tech over the likes of the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Christian University and Oklahoma State, choosing to stay close to his family in the town that raised him. You can follow Jarrett Culver on Twitter @jarrettc08 and on Instagram @jarrett_23. Culver finished his second college season by leading Texas Tech to the 2019 NCAA Tournament championship game, though the Red Raiders fell to Virginia. The Lubbock, Texas native was named to the 2019 NCAA All-Tournament team. Culver also earned a spot on the 2018-19 All-American second team and was named the 2018-19 Big 12 Player of the Year. Culver led the Big 12 in points (704), field goals (254), field goal attempts (551) and free throw attempts (208) in the 2018-19 season. Besides easily leading Texas Tech with 18.5 points per game, he also posted team-leading averages in rebounds (6.4) and assists (3.7). Culver finished second in steals (1.5) and 3-point buckets (1.3) per game. He announced that he would enter the 2019 NBA Draft after his sophomore year, and Culver was chosen in the first round (sixth overall) of the draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.