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Texas Tech's Culver declares for draft

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver declared for the NBA draft Thursday after helping lead his hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders on the two deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history.

Culver's on-campus announcement came 10 days after the Red Raiders finished their season with an overtime loss to Virginia in the national championship game. Texas Tech went to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time last season when Culver was a freshman.

The 6-foot-6 guard was the first recruit that Chris Beard reached out to after he became Texas Tech's head coach three years ago.

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