MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (April 27, 2021) — After a chaotic night, WVU forward Derek Culver officially announced that he will play professional ball and leave West Virginia.
Culver announced his departure from WVU via Instagram.
“I released a statement earlier today that I would now like to clarify. Some on social media have stated that I have left school. In the heat of the moment, I responded on social media to refute those claims. I have taken stock of my college experience and am now undergoing the difficult decision to plan my future. I have elected to forgo my senior year and currently explore my professional options, which was a difficult decision that I did not take lightly. It is a long process for an athlete to turn professional. For those blessed with the opportunity to play as scholarship athletes, it is difficult to leave our adoptive college family. I tried to articulate earlier that I had not officially announced my intentions publicly to leave school and that reports of me doing so were unconfirmed. I refuted those claims as I felt it unfair for those who have supported me over the years to hear it from other sources before hearing it from me directly.”
“Now I would like to state on my terms that I am officially declaring for the NBA Draft and have signed with Athletes Sports Management (ASM). I would like to take this time to thank my family, teammates, and coaches for all the years of support. I am looking forward to this next chapter.”
247Sports’s own Mike Casazza announced that Culver would be signing with an agent on Monday afternoon. Culver and Gabe Osabuohien denied the rumor but Culver eventually confirmed it early Tuesday morning.