Jarrett Culver worked out for the Lakers on Saturday and told reporters his skills could assist the team in multiple areas.
The Texas Tech guard elaborated on his well-rounded game and how it might fit in Los Angeles. He listed several strong points to Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and coach Frank Vogel.
“I just told them just my elite two-way playing, my playmaking ability, scoring, and being able to play defense,” Culver said in reference to his talks with Lakers brass.
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At 6-6, Culver did it all for the Red Raiders in his sophomore season. He averaged 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 2018-19, leading his team in all three categories. His performance earned him Texas Tech’s first Big 12 Player of the Year honor.
Culver became a star in his second collegiate season, but says he’s willing to fill any role he’s asked to in the NBA.
“It’s a dream to get there, and then once you get here, you gotta put in a lot of work,” Culver said. “You don’t get here from accident. So I’m excited, whatever my role’s gonna be on whatever team I’m on, then I’m gonna be excited to fulfill that role.
“I’m all about winning, so my first year it was play defense and score open shots, and that’s what I did so we could win. And this year, it’s take tougher shots and play defense still. So whatever I gotta do to win is my role.”
The Lakers have the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and Culver is considered a surefire lottery pick in reputable mock drafts. But they are also rumored to be considering Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland, Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and other top prospects.
Los Angeles finished last season 37-45 and missed the playoffs. It could be looking to leverage multiple members of its young core to land Pelicans star Anthony Davis this summer.