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Player of the week: Jarrett Culver

Many freshmen shined early in the season, here’s one of them

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Northwestern Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The particular composition of the Texas Tech roster, with only five seniors and a large group of freshmen, meant many of these young players had to immediately step up and offer quality minutes.

In this early window of the season, the answer has been good, as many youngsters delivered with consistency. Among them, we can name Davide Moretti, highlight machine Zhaire Smith, and the protagonist of this article, Jarrett Culver.

According to many websites, the Lubbock native wasn’t the precious piece of the last recruiting class, but he was contended by many big schools, and he chose Texas Tech over, just to name a couple, Texas, Texas A&M, and Illinois.

Culver is a 6-foot-5, 190 lbs. player who immediately had an impact for his athleticism and his effectiveness also from beyond the arc. He already gained coach Beard’s trust, and he was awarded with an average of 18 minutes per game.

Jarrett impresses for his personality: he never refuses a shot when necessary, and he’s fast enough to beat his direct opponent on the first step and attack the rim.

At the moment, these are his numbers:

He’s the second scorer of the team, beyond Keenan Evans with 15 per game, and he’s the player who shoots more from the 3-point line, with the 35,7% of efficiency. In addition, he reached his career high in assists in the last game against Savannah State, with 7.

Culver surely had an impact on the team, and the only concern comes from the Northwestern game, the hardest opponent faced by the Red Raiders, in which he only had three points in nine minutes. There’s another top team knocking on the door, Seton Hall, and we’ll check one more time if Jarrett can also deliver with tougher rivals.