Morgantown, West Virginia – Although Derek Culver averaged 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and was a 1st team All Big 12 player last season for the Mountaineers, he was not a considered a realistic prospect to be drafted in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Despite this, Culver left West Virginia University a year early and signed with an agent. The agent claimed that Culver improved his outside jump shot and would be a “stretch four” in the NBA, which of course was ridiculous.
Unsurprisingly, Culver went undrafted last night and will now have to hope that a professional team will give him a chance.
Options include an NBA team offering him a summer contract to play for their summer league team with the hopes of earning a spot on a G League team, or if that doesn’t work out, a foreign professional team signing him to play overseas.
Despite the challenges ahead, Culver seems undeterred. In a message posted on his social media account yesterday, Culver said the following:
“Been tha under dawg my whole life I’m built for whatever outcome that happens I appreciate the support.”
Best of luck to him in his future endeavors!