On a summer day before his sophomore year at WVU, Mountaineer basketball player Jevon Carter found himself at a pivotal point in his career. The Maywood, Illinois, native had made the trek to Morgantown largely due to the fact that he wanted to play for legendary coach Bob Huggins, and now Huggins was presenting him with a choice.
“That day, he told me he was going to move me from off the ball to on the ball, and I told him that was a lot of responsibility,” Carter says. “He asked me if I wanted to be a good player or a great player, and I said, ‘Great.’”
Carter put his trust in Huggins and, three seasons later, the senior point guard has made a name for himself as one of the top defensive players in the country on a Mountaineer squad known for its press. Carter has also proven himself to be an integral player in a historic 2017–18 season that has seen WVU reach its highest AP national ranking since 1959.
Touting achievements like being named the 2017 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and establishing himself as WVU’s all-time leader in steals, it’s easy to respect and appreciate Carter’s athletic prowess and the energy he brings to the court. But what makes Carter even more special to Morgantown and the rest of the Mountain State is his love and pride for the place he’s grown to call home.
“We are playing for the state and the people here,” he says. “‘I’ve been told since I’ve been here that I truly represent the Mountaineer culture—it’s really just who I am. No matter what I’m doing, I’m going to give it my all. West Virginia’s gotten four years of my life, and I’ve given them everything that I’ve got.” — KC
written by KAYLYN CHRISTOPHER
photographed by WVU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS, DALE SPARKS