Culver Headed To Prep School, WVU On Hold

Culver Headed To Prep School, WVU On Hold


West Virginia’s men’s basketball team will have to wait at least a year before it can enjoy the talents of Derek Culver.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Warren, Ohio, had signed with Bob Huggins’ Mountaineer squad last November, but there have been many questions over the course of the last nine months on if he would qualify to enroll at WVU as a true freshman in the fall of 2017.

Well, that question was answered recently when Brewster (N.H.) Academy coach Jason Smith tweeted that he was “pleased to welcome Derek Culver to the Brewster Academy family.”

Thus Culver will spend the next year in Wolfeboro, N.H., rather than Morgantown, W.Va.

A highly-regarded prep program that is part of the powerful New England Prep School Athletic Conference, Brewster regularly turns out 10 or more Division I basketball players each year. Ten of its alums have played in the NBA, while it has produced over 100 Division I college players since 2001. Former Mountaineer Elijah Macon spent the 2012-13 school year at Brewster before enrolling at WVU.

Last year the Bobcats finished the season 33-0 and were crowned the 2017 National Prep Champions, the fifth time they have won that title since 2010.

Culver was rated as a top 100 prospect by most recruiting services last year, but his senior season was cut short when he was dismissed from his Warren G. Harding High School team in the middle of its season, reportedly for academic shortcomings.

Even though he is attending a prep school for a post-graduate year, Culver will still have to meet NCAA academic qualifying standards before he is allowed to enroll at WVU. Reportedly Culver remains committed to Huggins’ program, though the National Letter of Intent he signed last November is now void since he did not enroll this fall. He is free to sign with any college, but he still seems intent on eventually making his way to West Virginia.

That move has now been set back at least a year from when it was originally planned.