Jevon Carter

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Jevon Carter
Jevon Carter.jpg
No. 3 – Memphis Grizzlies
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-09-14) September 14, 1995 (age 22)
Schaumburg, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 196 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school Proviso East (Maywood, Illinois)
College West Virginia (2014–2018)
NBA draft 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 32nd overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career 2018–present
Career history
2018–present Memphis Grizzlies
Career highlights and awards

Jevon Carter (born September 14, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for West Virginia University (WVU). A point guard for the Mountaineers, Carter was known as one of the top defensive players in college basketball, winning the NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award after both his junior and senior seasons, and winning the inaugural Naismith Defensive Player of the year in his final season.

High school career[edit]

Carter played basketball at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He played mostly off the ball in high school.[1] From 2011 to 2012 he played for Team NLP in AAU competition, where one of his teammates was Jalen Brunson.[2] Carter was a three-star recruit and was the No. 299 player in the 2014 class according to He received scholarship offers from Akron, Dartmouth, Kent State, Lehigh, Toledo, Valparaiso, UW-Green Bay and Illinois State, but committed to West Virginia.[3]

College career[edit]

He converted to the point guard position at West Virginia, making his name as one of the top defensive players in the Big 12 Conference.[1] He was one of the architects of "Press Virginia", coach Bob Huggins's defensive scheme that forces many turnovers.[4] Carter became a starter as a sophomore and averaged 9.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.[5]

In Carter's junior season in 2016–17, he averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He received many accolades for his defensive prowess, earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the Lefty Driesell Award and the NABC Defensive Player of the Year as the top defensive player in the country.[6][7] Following his junior season, Carter declared for the 2017 NBA draft, but did not hire an agent.[8] Ultimately he decided to return to the Mountaineers for his senior season.[9]

Prior to the start of the 2017–18 season, Carter was unanimously named to the preseason All-Big 12 team.[10] On November 30, 2017, Carter became WVU’s all-time leader in steals, surpassing Greg Jones’ mark of 252 in a win over NJIT.[11] On March 3, 2018 against Iowa State, he became the first major conference player to reach 1500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career.[12]

On March 12, 2018 Carter was named Academic All-American of the Year for Division I men’s basketball.[13]

On March 27, 2018 Jevon Carter was listed to the Associate Press All-American 2nd Team. He has also been added to the Sporting News 2nd Team, USA Today 3rd Team, the NBC 3rd Team, and the NABC 3rd Team All-American Teams. [14] Later that same week, he was added to the 2018 John R. Wooden Award All American Team. [15] He also won the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in NCAA Men's Basketball. This award (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School), given annually, is for the most outstanding senior student athlete in Men's Basketball. Carter is the second player in West Virginia University history to win this award, the first being Da'Sean Butler, who won it in 2010. [16]

On April 1, 2018, Jevon Carter was named as both the NABC Defensive Player of the Year[17] and the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.[18] Carter also won the NABC Defensive Player of the Year award in the 2016-17 season [19], becoming only the 7th player in history to win the award more than once, and the first since Hasheem Thabeet won in the 2007-08 season and the 2008-09 season. He won the inaugural Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.


  • WVU career steal leader (330)
  • WVU single-season steal leader (112, 2018)
  • WVU single-season assist leader (246, 2018)
  • Sole 4x Big 12 All-Defensive Team Member

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages[20]
2014-15 West Virginia Mountaineers 35 4 8.1 2.3 1.8 1.9 0.1 .360 .314 .770 23.8 1.2
2015-16 West Virginia Mountaineers 35 35 9.5 2.9 3.3 1.7 0.3 .383 .306 .744 27.7 1.7
2016-17 West Virginia Mountaineers 37 36 13.5 5.0 3.7 2.5 0.2 .439 .389 .774 32.0 1.8
2017-18 West Virginia Mountaineers 37 37 17.3 4.6 6.6 3.0 0.4 .422 .393 .858 35.5 2.7
Totals: 143 111 12.2 3.7 3.9 2.8 0.2 .408 .357 .797 29.8 1.8

Professional career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies (2018–present)[edit]

On June 21, 2018, Carter was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. On July 12, 2018, the Memphis Grizzlies announced that they had officially signed with Carter.[21]


And1 (2018-present)[edit]

On August 3rd, 2018, Carter and And1 announced via Instagram that Carter had signed to become an And1 brand ambassador.[22]


  1. ^ a b Wright, Ryan (March 22, 2017). "West Virginia's Jevon Carter Will Make You Work for Every Bucket". The Ringer. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ Toohey, Terry (March 23, 2018). "Villanova's Jalen Brunson, West Virginia's Jevon Carter ready to get reacquainted in NCAA Tournament". Montgomery News. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  3. ^ Jackson, Chris (February 12, 2018). "An inside look at WVU's two seniors". The Daily Athenaeum. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  4. ^ Vingle, Mitch (December 2, 2017). "Huggins, WVU players marvel at Jevon Carter after record". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  5. ^ Casazza, Mike (February 7, 2017). "WVU's Jevon Carter holds his own in Big 12 full of good point guards". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved April 12, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Three Teams Lead Men's Basketball Awards". Big 12 Conference. March 5, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  7. ^ Anderson, Chris (April 3, 2017). "Jevon Carter Named NABC Defensive Player of the Year". Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ Payne, Terrence (April 24, 2017). "Jevon Carter enters NBA Draft, won't hire agent". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  9. ^ Casazza, Mike (May 22, 2017). "Jevon Carter to return to WVU men's basketball". Charleston Gazette-Mail. Retrieved August 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Cooke, Hunter (October 12, 2017). "West Virginia's Jevon Carter voted to Preseason All-Big 12 unanimously". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Carter Breaks WVU Steal Record in Tonight's Win". West Virginia Mountaineers. November 30, 2017. Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  12. ^ "West Virginia's Jevon Carter becomes first major conference player to reach 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 300 steals". Retrieved March 10, 2018. 
  13. ^ "2017-18 Academic All-America® NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Team Announced" (Press release). College Sports Information Directors of America. March 12, 2018. Retrieved March 12, 2018. 
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  17. ^ Carter Repeats as NABC Defensive Player of the Year
  18. ^ "Jevon Carter Wins Inaugural Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award | Citizen Naismith Trophy". Retrieved 2018-05-21. 
  19. ^ "Carter Repeats as NABC Defensive Player of the Year - West Virginia University". West Virginia University. Retrieved 2018-05-21. 
  20. ^ "Jevon Carter Stats". Retrieved December 22, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies sign Jevon Carter to multi-year contract". July 15, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018. 
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