Morgantown, West Virginia – When Derek Culver decided to leave West Virginia University to pursue a professional basketball career, everyone knew it was a terrible decision – the fans, his teammates, his coaches, the experts and analysts.
Culver, however, thought it was the right time to move on.
“That was something my family, we talked about for a little while,” Culver said. “We were weighing our options. I felt like it was just time for us to take that route.”
Unfortunately, Derek Culver couldn’t have been more wrong. The 2021 NBA Draft has come and gone, and Culver was, as expected, not drafted.
There was an outside chance that an NBA team would give him a shot on their Summer League team. After all, he was a first team Big 12 performer, averaging 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds in one of the toughest basketball conferences in the nation.
Summer League teams have filled out and Culver is still waiting for a phone call that will likely never come.
Although Culver was able to physically dominate at times in college, his work ethic was questioned after he admittedly didn’t give his best effort at the end of the 2020-2021 season. Couple that with his lack of perimeter shot, and Culver was deemed undraftable by NBA scouts and analysts.
Unfortunately, like several West Virginia big men of the past – Devin Williams, Sagaba Konate, etc. – Derek Culver will now be forced to seek opportunities overseas.
“The saddest thing to me is, every summer, somebody comes back and says, ‘Huggs, I wish I would have listened,’” Bob Huggins said.
Derek Culver will almost certainly be another one of Huggins’ former players that returns full of regret for the decision he made.