Major interest in Derek Culver

There is major interest in four-star power forward Derek Culver

Four-star power forward Derek Culver is the top ranked player in the state of Ohio in the 2017 class. The long and athletic Culver had a strong showing this summer with the Ohio Basketball Club, and he continues to reel in more and more interest on the recruiting trail.

Already possessing major talent, Culver’s high school coach, Andy Vlajkovich, Culver is just now beginning to figure out how good he can be.

“I think he is very naturally talented,” said Vlajkovich. “When he was a young kid I don’t know if he really understood how talented he was. He’s grown up so much in the last two years. We used to tell him he could be a division I player, and then it was you could be a top 100 kid, and now we are telling him he could be a McDonald’s All-American if he continues to work hard.”

Vlajkovich continued, “He has really expanded his game. I think he is best with his back to the basket where he can score, but now his perimeter game is better. He is shooting well out to about 18 feet, and in time I think we will be able to shoot threes.”

On the recruiting side of things Culver has seen his stock continue to rise, and a ton of schools are showing him major interest.

West Virginia, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Xavier, Michigan, Dayton, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Arizona, Florida those would be the bulk of the schools,” said Vlajkovich.

Recently Culver made unofficial visits to Indiana and Purdue, both of which went very well, and more visits could happen in the future.

“I think he would like to make a trip to Illinois,” explained Vlajkovich. “He has been to West Virginia, Indiana, and Purdue already. He will probably also get to Michigan State, Iowa, and Xavier in the future.”

While there is major interest and a lot of offers on the table, do not look for any kind of quick decision from Culver.

“The stance that he is taking is that he is all ears,” said Vlajkovich. “He isn’t writing anybody off, he isn’t close to cutting his list, he just wants to see who comes in, in the fall and work his tail off and see who is interested.”

He continued, “As his high school coach there are 800 transfers per year, and my goal for him is to not be one of them. We are going to take this process slow, be calculated and help him to make the best decision for himself and his future.”

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