Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 13.5 PPG, 43.9% FG, 38.9% 3P%, 3.7 APG
Why They Are Here
Jevon Carter is number 22 in CPP’s Top 100. As the Guard for a Bob Huggins team and the reigning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Carter is relied upon to use his speed and athleticism to spearhead the vaunted West Virginia Full-Court Press. Huggins was once asked to describe his team defense in his time at Cincinnati and he called his squad “Crazed, gnawing rats” – and the way Carter plays makes you think that he was created in a lab at West Virginia somewhere. That being said Carter’s game has evolved in his time as a Mountaineer especially offensively. Not only did he post career highs in eFG% and True Shooting % this year of 53.4% and 57.2% respectively, but he maintained his Assist Rate while seeing his Turnover Rate decrease to a career low 16%
Role on This Year’s Team
Given his skills and experience, there are very few guards in the country that will be better than Jevon Carter this year. With fellow backcourt mates Tarik Phillip and Treyvon Myers graduating this past year, Carter will be looked upon as the team’s best player and emotional leader. West Virginia has become a staple at the top of the Big 12 in recent years, and if they are going to maintain this run of success and end the reign of Kansas at the top of the conference this year it will be because Carter is the best guard in the conference. His offensive improvement each year is encouraging, but it will be interesting to see how he reacts as the focal point for scoring and offense initiation.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Carter entered his name in the NBA Draft without signing with an agent this past year. Unfortunately for him he wasn’t invited to the NBA Draft Combine, and Carter quickly returned back to WVU to begin preparing for his senior year. The recent hesitation by GM’s to draft senior guards even at the backend of the 2nd round doesn’t work in his favor, but I still think he could be a steal for whatever team needs a guard to give them 5-10 solid minutes off the bench a game. A comparison that comes to mind, thanks to KenPom, is Mario Chalmers. I’m not sure that Carter could ever be the starting Point Guard for a NBA Title team, but I think that in the right situation he could have a solid NBA Career.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.