The 2018 NBA Draft is just weeks away, and former West Virginia star Jevon Carter’s draft stock appears to be rising. Sports Illustrated released its latest mock draft on Wednesday, and Carter rose almost all the way into the first round.
Sports Illustrated has Carter going No. 32 overall to the Memphis Grizzlies in the mock draft, made in response to Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. Carter has consistently been included as a second rounder in many mock drafts, but never this high.
Carter is the fourth Big 12 player drafted in the Sports Illustrated mock draft. Texas center Mohamed Bamba is projected at No. 5, with Oklahoma guard Trae Young at No. 8 and Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith behind them at No. 17.
West Virginia center Sagaba Konate, who declared for the NBA Draft but has yet to sign with an agent, was not listed in the two-round mock draft.
That NBA teams are high on Carter shouldn’t be a surprise for those who watched him play at West Virginia, however. Carter turned himself into perhaps the best defensive guard in the country in his four years with the Mountaineers, while also becoming a capable lead guard offensively.
Carter graduated West Virginia as the only major conference player in history with 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals. After his senior season concluded, Carter won multiple national defensive player of the year awards.
And it seems like NBA teams are starting to catch on. Carter can do even more for his draft stock this week, as he takes the opportunity to audition for all 30 NBA teams at the NBA Combine. Carter is joined in Chicago by his West Virginia teammate, Sagaba Konate.
If Carter’s momentum continues, he has a chance to be West Virginia’s first first-rounder since Joe Alexander went No. 8 overall in 2008. At the least, he is expected to be West Virginia’s first draft pick since Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks were both drafted in 2010.