Derek Culver has been a top target for West Virginia's basketball program for some time, and while he hasn't been as outspoken as others about the recruiting process, he has long held an affinity for the Mountaineer program. He verified that status with a commitment at his high school early Tuesday evening, bringing a combination of athleticism and solid play on both ends of the floor to the WVU commitment list.
Standing six feet, ten inches, Culver is a force on both offense and defense. With the ball, he's an aggressive inside player, and transitions well from post up to facing the hoop. He attacks the basket after making his move, and doesn't back down from defenders in his path. On defense, he uses a good sense of timing and his long arms to block and alter shots, and is also a solid rebounder.
Culver, who plays in the heart of West Virginia's recruiting territory in Ohio, is the top-ranked center in the state. That also vaults him into the national picture as well, as he is Scout.com's #2 center in the Midwest Region and the 11th-best center in the nation. He's also easily within the land's Top 100 players, currently holding down the #40 spot in the U.S. He's not resting on those laurels, however.
“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,” Culver told Scout.com analyst Brian Snow during the recruiting process.
Culver chose WVU over offers from Arizona and Florida, and also had scholarship opportunities from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, UConn, North Carolina State and Xavier, among others.