Memphis Selects WVU’s Jevon Carter in NBA Draft
It’s been eight years since West Virginia has had a player taken in the NBA Draft, but Jevon Carter has broken the string.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) June 22, 2018
The best defensive player in Mountaineer history was selected with the second pick in the second round (32nd overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies. Carter is the first WVU player to be drafted by an NBA squad since Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks were taken following the 2009-10 season. Butler and Ebanks went back to back in the second round (42nd and 43rd overall) going to the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, respectively. He is the 37th Mountaineer to be drafted by the league.
Carter’s defensive abilities fueled the initial interest of NBA teams, but his approach to the game and individual workouts, as well as an underrated shooting stroke, also impressed a number of franchises during small group workouts after the NBA Combine. While not expected to be a volume scorer, Carter’s all-around game drew the praise of several scouts and front office personnel executives who watched him make the rounds.
Carter is the tenth Mountaineer to be picked as high as the second round by an NBA team. Five WVU alums were first round selections, and four were second round picks prior to Carter’s selection.
The pick of Carter drew immediate approval from a number of draft evaluators.
— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 22, 2018
Love the pick of Jevon Carter and I am really optimistic about Jaren Jackson Jr. The future is bright #GrindCity
— Memphis (@Grizz901Nation) June 22, 2018
Of course, there were also a few detractors:
Jevon Carter to memphis is the worst pick ever, unless you like Eric Snow type players. All defense. Virtually no offense. Carter has no layup/finishing ability with either hand, mediocre there. Solid midrange shooter but only consistent from 3 if left open. Surprised he went 32!
— Brett Aronwicz (@realaronwicz) June 22, 2018