Last week’s season-opener for the West Virginia University men’s basketball team featured the full Derek Culver experience.
Culver was good at times, and he was not so good at times. The sophomore forward from Youngstown, Ohio tied for the team-lead in points with 16, but did so on a 4 of 15 shooting performance. He was tied for the team-lead in rebounds, but he only had seven (with just two on the offensive end) — which, suffice to say, is below what Bob Huggins expects from him.
According to Culver, it could take a few games to get back to the level he was playing at to end last season, when he was named to the All-Big 12 second team and was a unanimous pick for the league’s all-freshmen team. He said he was happy with the shots he took against Akron because he was getting to his spots and taking the shots he wanted to take, they just weren’t going in.
“I had a couple of good looks that I didn’t get to capitalize on, but I feel good shooting my shots,” Culver said. “They’re the shots that I want to take, so that’s the big thing I’m happy with. I feel like last year, I took the shots they would have gave me.
“Couple more games under my belt, I’ll be fine.”
Watch video from Derek Culver’s postgame interview following West Virginia’s win against Akron below.