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This year’s tournament has produced a lot of buzz for college basketball’s top NBA prospects including Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, and RJ Barrett. This is rightfully so, as each has performed at a very high level thus far. Morant carried Murray State to a first round upset route over Marquette, posting a triple double in the win and displaying the elite scoring and playmaking skills that has him poised for a top three selection come June. He posted 28 points against one of the strongest defenses in the country in the loss to Florida State. Zion and RJ Barrett have cemented their positions as top 5 picks in the upcoming draft and have played like it in this tournament. But, there’s another player in this year’s field that is playing at just as high a level as the players previously mentioned: Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver.
Culver is a 6’6 shooting guard with one of the most all-around skill sets in college basketball. For the season Culver averages 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per 36 minutes. But, it’s the advanced metrics that tell the real story of just how good Culver has been. Of the projected top 5 shooting guards to be drafted, Culver leads them all in the following categories: PER, Offensive Win Shares, Defensive Win Shares, Offensive Box Plus-Minus, and Defensive Box Plus-Minus. The stats tell the story here. Culver is an extremely well-rounded player. He is arguably the best shooting guard available on both ends of the floor.
In Texas Tech’s opening round game against Northern Kentucky University, Culver put up 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Look for his dominance on both ends of the floor to not only land him a top 5 selection in June’s NBA draft but carry Texas Tech deep into the tournament.