“Press Virginia” wouldn’t exist without Jevon Carter, and the West Virginia guard was honored for his defense with the 2018 Lefty Driesell Award Tuesday.
The award, named after the legendary college basketball coach, honors the best defensive player in the nation, and Carter was certainly among the best in 2017-18. The senior averaged a career-high 3.0 steals per game in his final year with the Mountaineers and headed the fearsome press defense that West Virginia ran all year to befuddle opposing guards.
Carter has been honored for his defensive prowess in his career before. He won this award last year and also took home the 2016-17 NABC Defensive Player of the Year Award. His performance on that side of the court also contributed to his appearance on the list of 2018 Wooden Award finalists.
“Jevon Carter changes the game by just being on the floor,” CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento said in the press release announcing the award. “He makes a major impact without scoring a point. Watching him play defense is worth the price of admission.”
West Virginia placed two players on the Lefty Driesell All-American team. In addition to Carter, center Sagaba Konate was honored for his defense. Konate had highlight-reel block after highlight-reel block in the postseason and averaged 3.2 blocks per game.
West Virginia was one of only two teams, along with Loyola Chicago, to have to players on the Lefty Driesell All-American list.