Jarrett Culver stayed close to home for college, going from Coronado High School in Lubbock, Texas, to a terrific two-year run at Texas Tech that culminated in a surprising trip to the national championship game last season.
He showed a terrific all-around floor game at Texas Tech as a sophomore and has the size to play either wing spot. Of the top tier of recruits, he was the first to go through the process at the draft combine in Chicago, where he measured out to 5 percent body fat and a decent 6-foot-9½ wingspan on a 6-foot-6 frame.
Culver stepped up across the board as a sophomore, averaging 18.5 points, 6.4 boards and 3.7 assists while also nabbing 1.5 steals in 32.5 minutes per game. His 3-point stroke is a cause for a bit of concern in today’s NBA, as he hit 30.4 percent on 4.2 attempts a game for the Red Raiders.
His ball-handling should improve and he should get bigger than his current 195-pound frame, which should prevent some of the pushing around he’ll get as an NBA rookie. He resembles Caris LeVert a bit in his array of herky-jerky hesitation moves in traffic with a wiry frame.