- (Andrew Spellman)
- Born: 9/14/95 …
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 200 lbs
- Draft Eligibility: 2018
- Nationality: American
- High School: Proviso East High School (Illinois)
Ideal NBA Role: Lindsay Hunter, Derek Fisher type. Two guard in a Point Guard body on O. Point Guard in a Point Guard body on D.
Strengths: Defense. Lateral ability. Aggressiveness. (Gonzaga game was best defensive performance I saw all year. Nigel Williams-Goss afraid of Carter by end of game.) Instincts. Reactions. (3 steals per 40 pace adjusted.) Strength for size. Ability to get into opponents without getting called for fouls. (3.1 per 40 pace adjusted.) Two-way maximum effort guy. Does not get tired or worn down as game goes on. Playing 32 minutes a night on pressing West Virginia team is like playing 38-39 on team that demands less of its players. (No other guard has broken 25 minutes a night in two seasons West Virginia has been pressing. And there have only been two occasions when another guard played as much as 35 minutes in a game. Jevon Carter has played at least 35 minutes on 20 occasions in the last two seasons.) Excellent rebounder for size (6.1 rebounds per 40 pace adjusted.) Excellent decision maker. Does not make many mistakes. Solid enough passer. (4.5 assists per 40 pace adjusted as compared to 2.2 turnovers.) Much improved shooter (38.9% from three, 72 makes, 77.4% from the free throw line as Junior.) Can make shots off the dribble. (44.2% on two-point jumpers, 46 unassisted makes on jumpers and floaters, counting both twos and threes.)
Weaknesses: Size limits him to one position on defense. Despite quickness and reactions, will probably not close out well to the three point line from distance, which will either mean that he has to stay closer to his offensive player or surrender shots off the catch. So far, lacks real point guard skills in terms of shot creation for himself or teammates. (On display on last play of Gonzaga game.) Handle is okay, but more of a secondary playmaker, which limits the teams that should be interested in his abilities to those with large playmakers that can put Jevon Carter in an off-ball role. That makes developing Point-Guard skills a true “Will he or Won’t he” situation, since teams are unlikely to be super interested if Carter doesn’t show at least a little bit more from that end.
Summary: On the right team, one with a big initiator, Jevon Carter could have a role, at the very least as a 15-20 mpg backup, regardless of how his Point Guard skills develop, so long as his shot translates. Players like Carter, who succeed to such a degree in college, are generally better than most everyone expects them to be.