This is ridiculous. Jarrett Culver has been snubbed from the Naismith Award Semifinalist list. Eight players were named as semifinalists for the award given to the best player in college basketball. The names are below, and you’ll notice that a potential top-5 draft pick is missing.
Naismith Trophy Semifinalists:— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 6, 2019
Jarrett Culver belongs on this list. He is averaging 18 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game this season, leading the team in all three of these categories. No doubt that this team has been great this season and that Culver is not the only reason this team has been successful.
Strong lefty finish by Jarrett Culver. Think he could become a guy in the NBA who has the strength and scoring touch to be elite around the rim. pic.twitter.com/ZR7Bga35ke— Brendon Kleen (@BrendonKleen14) March 5, 2019
This team revolves around Culver, something that the committee that put this list together might have overlooked a bit. Culver is not only a great offensive player but one of the best defensive players on the team. He can guard four different positions from point guards to power forwards.
Now, I’m not saying that Culver is the best player in the NCAA or that he should be a finalist for the award. I am saying that he means more to his team and is a better overall player than at least one of the players on this list. He elevates this team to a height and has them in position to win the program’s first Big 12 Championship.
He’s not the first player to be snubbed from this list and surely won’t be the last. The good news is being snubbed from this list will not effect the way Culver plays in the slightest. It won’t effect the way he prepares and it won’t effect the way this team plays as a whole. If asked about it, I am sure that he won’t care and will shrug this off. That’s what so great about having many professional-minded players and coaches in this program and at this university.
What do you all think of this snubbing? Is it justified? Let us know in the comment section below!