Strengths: After playing a supportive role at Texas Tech as a freshman, Jarrett Culver has quickly shot up draft boards as a sophomore by displaying a great all around floor game ... At 6'6'' Culver displays the size to play both the two and three spots at the next level, and with solid athletic ability and length ... Offensively he's paced the Red Raiders all season with 18.5 points per game (which is 25.3% of TTU's offensive output) as well as acted as primary distributor and ball handler ... Throw in his 3.6 assists per game, and he's directly involved in over 35% of Texas Tech's scoring plays ... His all around offensive game makes him a multi-dimensional scorer as he has a fundamentally sound high arching shot in which he needs to be respected from beyond the arc, as well as being able to pull up from the mid-range ... Culver's footwork and hesitation moves on the perimeter are terrific as well, and will directly translate to the next level ... He's great at drawing his defenders off balance, and has a great array of moves once he gets in the lane ... Jarrett also displays a high basketball IQ, and the ability to make a play when his team needs one the most ... Playing in such a defensive oriented system in college, Culver has great defensive instincts, quick hands, and displays good effort ... He's an above average rebounder for a 6'6'' guard (6.3 rebounds per game) and off a defensive miss or a steal, he's a tough matchup in fast break situations due to his good passing ability ... He projects as a plus defender in the NBA.
Weaknesses: Culver's weaknesses are mostly things that can be improved with continued growth as a player ... Right now his 3 point shot is worth keeping his defender honest at the college level, but he's going to need to continue to hit the gym to become a high level long range shooter in the NBA ... Can also stand to tighten his handle as he makes the leap to the next level ... He'll also need to continue to work on his body ... Culver's 195 pound frame will get pushed around by larger NBA two guards and small forwards, though he does have solid legs as a base ... He doesn't have the elite run/jump ability to make up for this at this point either ... At 6'6'' his height is good for a swingman being considered at the top of the draft, but not elite ... He just needs to continue to develop at the same pace he's done from his freshman to sophomore years ... Jarrett has a very NBA translatable offensive game, and a lot of his weaknesses can be improved upon in the gym.
Overall: Jarrett Culver's well balanced floor game, and array of hesitation moves and elite footwork make him a very intriguing player in the mid-lottery this year ... He's been asked to do a tremendous amount for his team this year on both ends of the floor, and has delivered, producing at an excellent level ... His scoring and passing will only shine more in a faster paced NBA system, and his knack for drawing fouls will be a great asset as well ... Culver may not dazzle you with elite athletic ability, but from a skill standpoint, he's got a great foundation in which to build.
Notes: Big 12 Player of the Year (2019) ... Made a huge progression in his two seasons at Texas Tech ... Committed to his hometown school Texas Tech, having grown up in Lubbock, TX.
David Ray 3/19/19
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