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WVU’s Derek Culver named Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

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WVU junior forward Derek Culver was named MVP of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic last week. (Photo by Richard Carlson/Inertia)

West Virginia Unviersity junior forward Derek Culver has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon.

It is the first time a WVU men’s basketball player has earned the weekly honor from the conference since Jaysean Paige in 2016.

Culver earned MVP honors as West Virginia opened the season 3-0 last week with a tournament win at the Crossover Classic in South Dakota. The Youngstown, Ohio native averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in the three games against South Dakota State, VCU and Western Kentucky.

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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