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Timberwolves rookie Jarrett Culver used under-the-radar status to drive him to become a lottery pick

Jarrett Culver, Timberwolves

Jarrett Culver wasn’t the highly-touted prospect that he could have been as a talented player with a bevy of skills. Coming up in Texas, the now Minnesota Timberwolves guard recalled his recruitment process coming out of high school.

“Not a lot of people got out to Lubbock to see what I could do,” said Culver, according to Ryan Jones of SLAM Online.

Culver was a late bloomer, he wasn’t an Instagram highlight star at 14 or 15 like others like Zion Williamson were, but Texas Tech coach Chris Beard saw plenty of potential to offer the hometown kid a scholarship, and Culver didn’t disappoint, especially last year.

“Going into my sophomore year, when all the preseason rankings and awards came out, I wasn’t in a lot of them, and that kind of drove me,” said Culver, who put up 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, along with building the reputation as one of the best defenders in the nation.

The young guard was later named Big 12 Conference Player of the Year. While he didn’t really expect the award, he wasn’t surprised to muster it, having put forward the effort to become a defensive force.

“It’s something that I worked toward, to be one of the best players in the conference, so at the end of the day I would say I expected it, just because of how hard I worked.”

Culver would now to look to prove those same attributes in his rookie year with the Timberwolves. Some in league circles compared him to Jimmy Butler, if he indeed is to resemble that comparison, he’ll have to do a lot at both ends of the floor to live up to it.