Jarrett Culver: Tools
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
Culver lacks the burst typically expected of a primary creator, which has implications for his long term role. His first step is below average, but he does have impressive stride length once up to speed, allowing him to cover ground quickly in the open court and on closeouts. He also does a good job subtly changing speeds to get defenders off balance.
Culver displays solid agility on the defensive end, doing a good job of sliding his feet and angling drivers toward help defenders. On offense his game is more north-south than east-west, but he does possess some creativity with the ball in his hands. All-in-all, this area is not a strength, but neither is it a weakness.
Culver is not explosive, but his leaping ability generally gets the job done. When he has downhill momentum he can elevate and finish above the rim. Most of the time, however, he uses his solid leaping ability in concert with his long arms to get clear of traffic and find an angle for a finishing attempt.
Terrific at managing himself, Culver can slip by defenders and contort his body through traffic pretty well. Doesn’t flail his arms out and lose control of himself very often. Strong and steady, he can be slightly clumsy at times off the bounce when he runs into tight spaces, but overall plays through contact well. Bit of a bull-in-a-china-shop type handle.
His frame is much improved from last season. He’s still quite skinny but the added weight is very noticeable. He is significantly stronger this season than he was last year, a common trait for athletes from 18 to 19. He will likely fill out even further once he reaches the NBA, but his hips and shoulders are a touch narrow, limiting the ceiling on how much strength he can add.