NBA Draft 2019: Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver declares

Jarrett Culver

Culver averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season and played a key role in his team’s NCAA Tournament run.

Jarrett Culver could be on the brink of Texas Tech history.

The Red Raiders sophomore guard announced Thursday he will forgo his final two years of eligibility and declared for the 2019 NBA Draft during a press conference at The United Spirit Arena.

“Coach, he coaches me hard every day. He brought the best out of me every day. He made me a better player and a better person,” Culver said. “And I want to thank my teammates, this year’s and last year’s. You’ve been everything to me. You made me work hard everyday. You hold me accountable. You just mean everything to me. I wouldn’t be here without you.”

He also shared a video of his decision on Twitter.

If he goes early in the first round, Culver could become the highest draft pick in the Texas Tech basketball program’s history. Tony Battie, selected fifth overall in the 1997 draft, was the only Red Raiders player drafted in the first round until Zhaire Smith was taken with the No. 16 pick in 2018.

Culver, 20, averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists last season. During the NCAA Tournament, he led his team with 19 points in an upset win over No. 1 Gonzaga in the Elite Eight before Texas Tech fell to Virginia in overtime of the championship game.

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