The Texas Tech basketball program received some great news on Friday. Standout freshman Jarrett Culver announced that he will be delaying his jump to the NBA and has decided to return to the Red Raiders for his sophomore campaign. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds during his freshman season.
Culver said he thought long and hard about the decision with his family.
“Just a lot of prayer and talking with my family, just God leading me in the right direction,” Culver said, via KCBD in Lubbock.
“It’s all part of the plan. I’m trusting it. I talked to coach and he figured out what’s best for me and what Zhaire is doing is best for him. We are on different terms right now, but it’s a blessing to be in Zhaire’s position and we are all happy for him and supporting him.”
This season, the Red Raiders made an unlikely trip to the Elite Eight in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed in the East Regional, before earning wins over Stephen F. Austin, Florida and No. 2 seed Purdue. The Red Raiders ultimately fell to eventual champion Villanova in the Regional Final.
While Texas Tech was impressive in the postseason, they will likely take a step back in 2018 with a number of key players from their Elite Eight squad moving on.