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WVU’s Derek Culver signs with agent, will enter NBA draft

NCAA Basketball: Morehead State at West Virginia

West Virginia Mountaineers forward Derek Culver (1) drives on Morehead State Eagles forward Johni Broome (4) and forward James Baker (3) during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Mandatory Credit: Barbara Perenic/IndyStar via USA TODAY Sports

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- All-Big 12 forward Derek Culver has decided to skip his senior season at West Virginia to enter the NBA draft.

Culver announced Monday night on Instagram that he has signed with an agent.

Culver was named to the all-Big 12 first team as a junior. The 6-foot-10 Culver was second on the Mountaineers with a scoring average of 14.3 and led the Big 12 with 9.4 rebounds per game. He had 11 double-doubles this past season, but none over his final seven games.

West Virginia’s roster has seen an extensive makeover since the Mountaineers lost to Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to finish the season 19-10.

Coach Bob Huggins this month announced the signings of DePaul forward Pauly Paulicap, Florida International forward Dimon Carrigan, and Old Dominion guard Malik Curry as graduate transfers.

West Virginia forward Emmitt Matthews transferred to Washington, while guard Jordan McCabe transferred to UNLV. Guards Taz Sherman, Sean McNeil and Miles McBride have announced they will enter the NBA draft process and leave open the option of returning to school.