Four-star power forward Derek Culver continues to grow physically and as a basketball player. The long and athletic Ohio native made a solid visit tour all fall long, and recently added a big offer.
Now heading into his junior season, Culver is hoping to become a more complete and consistent producer to go along with having outstanding upside.
“I am working on getting out and running in transition, and also my ball handling, shooting facing the rim, and focusing on dunking everything down low when I get the chance,” said Culver.
Recruiting wise Culver now has offers from Arizona, Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, West Virginia, Xavier, NC State, and a host of others.
The most recent offer came from Arizona, and that was big for Culver.
“The name Arizona speaks for itself,” said Culver. “It is a school with a lot of tradition. To have an offer from Arizona is amazing. It makes me want to continue to work harder, and for them to offer me is very nice.”
Most recently Culver made a visit to Illinois, and he came away impressed with John Groce and his staff.
“I liked the feel of things at Illinois,” said Culver. “The coaches did a good job of interacting with the guys during practice. If someone did something good they complimented him, and if he did something bad they would get after him. I also liked the pace of their practice, so it was a real good experience.”
Before the trip to Illinois, Culver made an unofficial visit to NC State that also went well.
“NC State was a nice visit,” said Culver. “They have a nice staff with great facilities and a nice weight room. I saw Dennis Smith at the football game so it was nice to see him and see the atmosphere down there.”
One of the first visits of the fall that Culver took was to Xavier, and he was impressed with what he saw of the school.
“Xavier was a really nice visit,” explained Culver. “They have a nice coaching staff and they interact well with their players. I thought it was a nice school and they have a good tradition. I enjoyed myself there and I have talked to RaShid Gaston who went to Warren Harding, and he is down there now, so that is good.”
For now Culver is just in the exploration stage of his recruitment. He wants to find out as much information about each school as possible, and then he, his family, and his coaches talk about everything they learn.
“We all weigh in on the same things,” said Culver. “We just look at the school and what they have in terms of academics and majors and things like that. After that we look at how I will fit in with the coaches and players, so there are a lot of things we try and pay attention to.”