No. 2 West Virginia is currently the hottest team in college basketball and senior guard Jevon Carter is a big reason why.
As a result of what’s shaping up to be a career season for Carter, the Wooden Award midseason watch list was announced on Thursday and Carter was one of four Big 12 talents recognized, along with Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Texas’ Mohamed Bamba and Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham.
16 games into the 2017-18 season, the Mountaineers are up to No. 2 in the Associated Press poll on the strength of a NCAA-leading 15-game winning streak. As noted, much of that success has to do with Carter.
Now a senior, Carter is averaging a career high in points (16.1), assists (6.8), rebounds (5.5) and steals (3.6). The latter currently ranked No. 2 in the entire nation.
As the numbers reveal, not only has Carter been among the very best guards in college basketball this season, but one of the very best players, making his fourth and final year his best yet.
With the more difficult portion of the schedule remaining, though, whether or not Carter can ultimately take home the Wooden Award will largely be determined by his efforts throughout the remainder of conference play.
Next up, Carter and the Mountaineers will be on the road for a ranked test against No. 8 Texas Tech.