LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Former Coronado Mustang Jarrett Culver had a fantastic freshman season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
He averaged 11 points and five rebounds a game. Being a hometown boy, Culver admits he never thought this team would soar as high as they did.
"I didn't expect Elite 8, but I expected high things from the team and coaches. I believed in it the whole time."
The 6-5 guard was the third leading scorer on the team, but with Keenan Evans graduating and Zhaire Smith testing the NBA waters, Culver will be the leading scorer returning to the Red Raiders.
He's ready to be a leader.
"I definitely want to be a leader. I always try to lead, even as a freshman. I listened and tried to lead. We are just going to see what's the best role for everybody. I feel like we are going to be a great team."
Zhaire Smith finished with 417 points this past season, the most ever by a Red Raider Freshman.
Culver is now No. 2 all-time as he had 415 points. Smith has declared for the NBA Draft, but hasn't hired an agent, so if he doesn't like his evaluation, he can return for his sophomore season.
Smith is picked in the first round of many NBA mock drafts. Culver is also projected to be in the first round by several mock NBA Drafts, so how did he decide to stay for his sophomore season and not go the same route as Zhaire to see what things look like in the NBA Draft?
"Just a lot of prayer and talking with my family, just God leading me in the right direction. It's all part of the plan. I'm trusting it. I talked to coach and he figured out what's best for me and what Zhaire is doing is best for him. We are on different terms right now, but it's a blessing to be in Zhaire's position and we are all happy for him and supporting him."
No question, Jarrett Culver will be a big part of this Red Raider team next season.