Morgantown, West Virginia – Derek Culver is leaving West Virginia University and will pursue a career in the NBA. After initially denying it, Culver has now officially admitted that he has signed with the Athletes Sports Management group.
In the statement posted on his official Instagram account, Culver said the following: “I released a statement earlier today that I would now like to clarify. Some on social media have stated that I have left school. In the heat of the moment, I responded on social media to refute those claims.
It’ is a long process for an athlete to turn professional. For those blessed with the opportunity to play as scholarship athletes, it is difficult to leave our adoptive college family. I tried to articulate earlier that I had not officially announced my intentions publicly to leave school and that reports of me doing so were unconfirmed. I refuted these claims as I felt that it was unfair for those who have supported me over the years to hear it from other sources before hearing it from me directly.
To be clear, ASM is not an NCAA-certified agent and Culver will not be able to return to West Virginia University now. Culver averaged 14.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for the Mountaineers last season, but is not considered to be a potential pick in the 2021 NBA Draft by experts and analysts.