The Rancho Cucamonga High School basketball team will honor former player Nick Culver in festivities before Friday night’s home game against Damien.
Culver is a 2014 graduate of the school and was in his sophomore year at La Sierra University in Riverside. He collapsed and and died in December after having a seizure shortly after practice.
Cougars head coach Bill Burke said Culver’s parents are expected to be in attendance and a special presentation will be made to them. Several of Culver’s former teammates are expected to attend as well.
Former Rancho Cucamonga High School basketball player Nick Culver has passed away, Cougars coach Bill Burke confirmed this afternoon.
Culver graduated from Rancho in 2014 and was a sophomore at La Sierra University where he competed on the basketball team.
Burke says his understanding was that Culver, a 5-foot-11 guard, had a seizure after a morning practice. He added that the player has had a history of seizures but those seemed to be under control his senior year of high school.
“He was a great kid,” Burke said. “He always worked hard and made the most out of his talent. He will be missed.”
The team will have a moment of silence at tonight’s game. Burke said the team would have some other remembrance later in the season.
Culver helped Rancho to a 25-5 mark as a senior. That year the Cougars were second in the Baseline League to Etiwanda.
Rancho Cucamonga basketball standout Nick Culver has decided to stick close to home and will be playing at La Sierra University in Riverside.
He was also considering Vanguard, Northern Arizona, and William Jessup University.
The 6-foot guard helped the Cougars (25-5, 8-2) to a second-place finish in the Baseline League behind perennial title contender Etiwanda. Three of their five losses were to Etiwanda and were to Open Division playoff teams.
Culver should be able to contribute right away. La Sierra, which plays in the NAIA, went just 6-23 a year ago.