Memphis Selects WVU’s Jevon Carter in NBA Draft

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.

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.

 

Of course, there were also a few detractors:

 

 

 

 

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