BY: MICHAEL MAXCY
Jarrett Culver 6-6 195 lbs Shooting Guard Texas Tech
Culver really improved his scoring from his Freshman season to his Sophomore year. He is a threat to score from almost anywhere. He is so smooth with his ability to get to the rim. He is strong going either right or left and is a good scorer attacking the paint. He is a great finisher when he is aggressive and fully engaged. He shoots from three well enough to at least keep the defense honest. His first step and floater he has improved on, makes him difficult to guard.
He is listed at 6 foot 6, which is good size for a natural shooting guard. Most teams now will now use a two guard at the small forward position. So his size literally makes him a good fit a either wing spot.
While his three point shot has not had the consistency he would like, he still shoots a very impressive 50% from the field. He is his best when he can get by his defender with a sweet first step and get into the paint. His mid range shot has been good all season and once he gets to his spot he usually converts.
He is super long and that should help him at the next level. He is able to get tip balls on defense which leads to over a steal a game. He also knows how to use his body and long arms to get tbe ball in the post resulting in easy shots. This attribute makes him such a solid prospect at the next level.
He is a very willing passer which is apparent with his nearly four assists per game. He is a good passer in the post, usually finding a cutter. He recognizes the double team early and will make the right read to find open teammate.
Three point shooting
While his mid range game is so good, he has struggled to be consistent behind the three point line. His release on his shot looks early, likely causing the high arch on his shot. This most likely is the reason for the lower percentage from three. This is a correctable flaw and whoever drafts him will fix this.
Passive at times
Sometimes he looks disinterested and not aggressive. He needs to take over games to help Texas Tech and he hasn't done that as much as he should. He needs to be more aggressive and attack as most cannot guard him at the college level.
Free throw shooting
For a guard, he shoots a low percentage from the line. He needs to jmprove it by at least 10% in the NBA. Some of it has to do with his early release and it will likely get tweaked once drafted.
I am not sure he will be the player McGrady was, but he has the size and length very comparable to him. If he can develop his perimeter game to go with the rest of his offense, he has a chance to maybe reach All Star level.
I would say he is a lock to be selected in the lottery come June. He is more likely a guaranteed top 10 pick. If he can establish himself in the postseason, he could slide into the top 5.