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The getting-to-know-you process is marching on for the Cavaliers, who met with Texas Tech shooting guard Jarrett Culver at the NBA Combine.
The Cavs own the fifth overall pick in the June 20 draft and have also interviewed Duke forward Cam Reddish and USC shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr., among others.
Culver is the type of winner that could fit well into the Cavs’ attempts to rebuild under new coach John Beilein. Culver led the Red Raiders to the NCAA championship game, where they lost to Virginia.
He is 6-foot-6 and scouts like how he did a little bit of everything this past season as a sophomore — averaging 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Until Culver came along, Texas Tech was viewed almost entirely as a football school.
Culver comes from a tight-knight and athletic family. His father, Hiawatha Culver Jr., was the Red Raiders’ team chaplain and opened every home game with a prayer. His older brother J.J. played basketball for Wayland Baptist. And the oldest brother, Trey, stood out for the Texas Tech track team, particularly in the high jump.
Meanwhile, the youngest Culver is considered a top-five pick by most draft prognosticators, and could even go fourth to the Los Angeles Lakers. He has also met with the New York Knicks, drafting third overall.
Along with the fifth pick, the Cavs own the No. 26 selection and are expected to interview and/or work out at least 20 prospects before the draft.