Future Watch: Jevon Carter Rookie Basketball Cards, Grizzlies – Jevon Carter made a name for himself at the University of West Virginia. In his sophomore season he started at point guard and averaged 9.5 points, 3.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins praised Carter for his contributions to the “Press Virginia” defensive scheme. Carter continued to grow as a prospect in his junior season. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. The defense first point guard earned Big 12 Defense Player of the Year, the Lefty Driesell Award and NABC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Carter would declare himself eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft, but would ultimately decide to return to West Virginia for his senior season.
As a senior, Jevon Carter become WVU’s all time leader in steals when he recorded the 252nd of his career in a win over NJIT. He would go on to finish his college career with 330 steals. Later that season, he became the first major conference player to record 1500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career. Carter would end his senior season with per game averages of 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3.0 steals.
He would again receive numerous postseason awards including the 2018 Senior CLASS Award which honors the most outstanding senior student athlete in Men’s Basketball. Carter would also receive the inaugural Naismith Defense Player of the Year award. After the conclusion of his senior season, Jevon Carter would declare himself eligible for the 2018 NBA draft.
Standing 6’2” with a 6’4” wingspan, Carter’s measurements are on the small side for an NBA point guard. He makes up for it with a tremendous basketball IQ and defensive abilities. Defensively, he’s incredibly tenacious with super quick hands. He can force turnovers all over the floor, whether it be a one-on-one steal or a strip in the paint. Not many guards are able to stick around the league solely because of their defense, but Carter is a surefire candidate.
Offensively, he’s more of a distributor than a scorer. Even if he spends his entire career coming off the bench as a defensive spark, he’ll be in the league well past his rookie contract. As a senior, he posted an assist to turnover ratio of 6.2/2.2. Good things happen when the ball is in his hands. On draft night, Memphis selected Jevon Carter in the second round with the 32nd overall pick.
So far this season, Carter has split time with the Grizzlies and their G-League affiliate the Memphis Hustle. He would make his NBA debut on December 15th against the Houston Rockets. In the 97-105 loss, Carter came off the bench and scored 11 points with two steals, a rebound and a block. After a strong start to the season, Memphis fell out of the Western Conference playoff race and focused on tanking the rest of the season. This has given Jevon Carter more opportunities to develop on the NBA court.
Seasoned veteran Mike Conley has taken it on himself to lead the Grizzlies’ young core of players and he’s a terrific mentor for Carter. Memphis has a ways to go before their return to relevance in the Western Conference. In Jevon Carter, they have a talented backup point guard who can make an impact on the game in limited minutes. Grizzlies fans are quick to embrace players like Carter. He isn’t going to light up the net with 20+ points per night, but he will make plays and can help rebuild the team’s culture.
Look for Jevon Carter in his West Virginia uniform in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Pick Collegiate Basketball. Collectors can find Carter in his Grizzlies jersey across Panini’s catalog of 2018-19 NBA products. Look for his rookie cards and certified autographs in Contenders, Hoops, Absolute Memorabilia, Impeccable and more to come!
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