Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver says he will turn pro, declares for NBA Draft

LUBBOCK - It was the decision Texas Tech basketball fans have been waiting for since the National Championship game.

(Jarrett Culver of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates as his draft stock keeps improving after beating Michigan State/Getty)

Was Lubbock-native Jarrett Culver going to stay for another year or pursue the NBA?

On Thursday afternoon in front of the media and Red Raider basketball fans, Culver announced his decision.

The sophomore guard on the Texas Tech men’s basketball team let a crowd full of family, friends and supporters know he’ll forego his junior season at Tech, instead entering the NBA Draft.

Culver, who averaged a team-best 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game last season, was named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year.

The Lubbock product guided Texas Tech to back to back Elite Eights and there first Final Four win & first National Championship appearance.

He was also named to the Final Four All-Tournament team and named the West Regional Most Outstanding Player among other awards.

According to online NBA Mock Drafts, the pride of Coronado High appears to be a lock to be a top 10 lottery pick.