Jarrett Culver: Hustle
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Culver isn’t the type of player who is rotating over and taking charges or diving for 50/50 balls, but he is always moving and always engaged, a valuable trait. As one scout put it, “He is never really in fifth gear but he's consistently in third gear and that's valuable.”
Because Culver spends a lot of time with the ball in his hands, the majority of his offensive rebounds come from put-back attempts. He has good length and usually has a running start when trying to collect his own misses. He isn’t an explosive leaper, but as defenders turn their backs to collect a rebound, he can slide past them and create an extra possession for his team.
Culver’s rebounding prowess is much easier to see on the defensive end of the floor. He is a good position rebounder who wins a lot of battles by getting into position early. He is good at boxing out and using his lower body leverage to beat similarly-sized players. He does have trouble boxing out bigs, due in large part to his skinny frame. He is a great break leader and will pull the ball off the defensive glass and push it ahead or look for long outlets.
Culver is a capable break starter who has good instincts finding cutters and trailers. One huge part of his value in transition is his rebounding, grabbing the ball and making plays early in transition. He makes great reads on hit ahead passes and will generally keep his eyes up and try to get the ball up the floor as soon as he can. He is also an underrated lob threat, filling lanes well and sneaking in behind the defense when they address the ball handler.
While Culver isn’t the most fleet of foot, he generally works hard to clog lanes and work back. He is good at identifying trailing shooters and players who have pushed to the deep corners. The Texas Tech defense generally tries to funnel everything into the middle and create messy, contested looks so closing out and preventing early, open threes is an important part of transition defense and something Culver does well.