NBA Comparison: Nick Anderson
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