Jevon Carter had the kind of junior season that could have earned him the opportunity to play for a paycheck this season.
A do-it-all guard for West Virginia, Carter entertained the idea of a pursuing a professional career by participating in NBA Draft workouts last offseason prior to ultimately returning for his senior season. But as he told Keenan Cummings of Rivals.com, engaging in the draft process was never about leaving, but rather, learning what he can improve upon and return better than ever.
“Not at all. I always knew I was coming back,” Carter said.
Carter won’t have that option next time around.
Entering his final year of eligibility in Morgantown, W. Va., the Mountaineers star looks well on his way to playing professional basketball at some level following his senior season. If that path should lead him to the NBA, the draft process provided Carter with an idea of what scouts want to see the 6-foot-2 floor general improve upon before potentially joining an NBA roster.
“They want to see how well I can be a point guard, my leadership, my play making skills, my toughness and my defense,” Carter said.
Yes, Carter said said NBA scouts want to see him improve his defense, which may come as a considerable surprise after he brought home National Defensive Player of the Year honors last season.
Defense wasn’t all Carter thrived at doing for the Mountaineers last season, though.
Along with ranking No. 7 nationally and leading the Big 12 with 2.5 steals per game, Carter emerged as West Virginia’s leading scorer (13.5), second-leading rebounder (5.0) and leading facilitator (3.7).
Now aiming to take the next and final step as a collegiate star before departing for a potential NBA career, Carter has seemingly done just that, at least in the eyes of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.
“He’s playing really well. Passes it better, decision making is much better, he’s shooting the ball much better, his ball skills are much better – all the things you can get better with putting time in,” Huggins said.
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