Four-star prospect Derek Culver is one of the best in the Midwest. The 2017 big man has had a very productive high school career, and now his recruitment has taken off nationally. More schools than ever are involved with Culver who was extremely impressive at the Chicago Classic.
“I feel I have been playing pretty good recently,” said Culver. “I have just been trying to work on my game, especially getting stronger and my conditioning. I am just lifting really hard so that I can finish through contact better.”
On the recruiting trail a lot of schools are deep in the mix, and two offers recently came Culver’s way.
“My two latest offers are Connecticut and Kansas,” noted Culver. “Those two have been in touch a lot as have been Illinois, Arizona, West Virginia, Xavier, Florida, NC State, and some others.”
Ohio product Carlton Bragg just completed his freshman year at Kansas, and that along with the program’s stature has Culver very interested in the Jayhawks.
“That was real nice to get an offer from Kansas,” said Culver. “At the end of the day it is Kansas. On top of that Carlton went to Kansas and he has good things to say about the program.”
The offer from Kansas was big for Culver, but a few other schools seem next in line to get unofficial visits.
“In June I plan to make a visit to Florida, but I don’t know the date,” said Culver. “Also I am trying to go down to Arizona, and maybe a few other places.”
About his interest in Florida, Culver said, “I just want to see how kids who play basketball interact with each other and also just see the state and the opportunities that Florida provides.”
Arizona recently really ratcheted up the interest in Culver, and he is building a strong bond with Sean Miller.
“I like Arizona a lot,” said Culver. “It is a really nice school and Coach Miller seems like a down to earth guy. He grew up not too far from where I am from so that is good. He and I stay up a lot and talk about the weather and just basketball and things like that.”
While Culver is hoping to visit those schools soon, one school he has visited is Illinois, and he came away very impressed with the Illini.
“I liked the Illinois visit a lot,” said Culver. “I like how the campus is open and just more than basketball Coach (John) Groce and Coach (Dustin) Ford are two of the highest character guys I know. I saw how they interacted with their players and it was great.”
For now Culver remains in the research stage of his recruitment and says he has no timeline for a decision.