WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Warren Harding’s Derek Culver has verbally committed to play college basketball at West Virginia. He made the official announcement at the high school Tuesday afternoon.
At 6’9″, Culver is rated as one of the top 100 high school players in the country by every major scouting service. Culver helped lead the Raiders to a District title last season.
He racked up a total of 22 college offers, but said it came down to Florida, Connecticut, Kansas, and West Virginia.
He tells Sports Team 27 that he chose the Mountaineers because of their head coach Bob Huggins.
“He’s gonna be a legendary coach. He’s gonna be a Hall of Fame coach,:” said Culver. “I think he’s at almost 800 wins or at 800 wins. That speaks for itself. I always liked West Virginia, and once I saw them beat Kansas twice, that was eye opening. That was Kansas and they took it to them. That’s what made me close my decision.”
Last season, Culver averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Raiders.