Big 12 player of the year Jarrett Culver has declared for the NBA draft after helping lead his hometown Texas Tech Red Raiders to the two deepest NCAA Tournament runs in school history.

Culver made the announcement Thursday, 10 days after the Red Raiders finished their season with an overtime loss to Virginia in the national championship game. Tech went to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time last season when Culver was a freshman.

This season, Culver led Texas Tech with 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists a game while the Red Raiders set a school record with 31 wins.

Virginia's Braxton Key (2) blocks a shot by Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Virginia’s Braxton Key (2) blocks a shot by Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver (23) during the second half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Under new NCAA rules, the sophomore can sign with an agent and still return to school if he chooses. Culver has until May 29 to make a final decision. The draft is June 20.

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Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver (23) is welcomed by the crowd as he steps off the bus during a return party on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (Justin Rex/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)
Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver (23) is welcomed by the crowd as he steps off the bus during a return party on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (Justin Rex/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy celebrates in front of Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) at the end of the the championship game in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Virginia guard Kyle Guy celebrates in front of Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) at the end of the the championship game in the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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