Jevon Carter drafted by NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies

Former West Virginia point guard Jevon Carter was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 32nd overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft.

Source: The DA Online

Powered by WPeMatico

Basketball Season Ticket Renewals Now Available

WVU Coliseum

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Coming off its third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in four seasons, WVU men’s basketball is building toward another exciting campaign in 2018-19. Season ticket holders can now renew their 2018-19 season tickets online at


Powered by WPeMatico

Jevon Carter will continue to grit and grind in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies

Name a better fit for the Defensive Player of the Year. You can’t.

The Memphis Grizzlies have selected West Virginia guard Jevon Carter 32nd overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. The sure-to-be future Mountaineer Hall of Famer averaged 17.3 points, 6.6 assists, 3 steals and 4.6 rebounds per game as a senior.

Carter led the Mountaineers to back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances and was the heart and soul of Bob Huggins’ vaunted Press Virginia defense. He won the title of NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award in both his junior and senior seasons, and was named the inaugural Naismith Trophy Defensive Player of the Year in his final season.

With the selection of Carter, the Grizzlies are getting a tenacious on-ball defender with extremely strong, quick hands that’s not afraid to play a physical game. Carter’s defensive ability has been known to frustrate and completely throw even the best players off their games, as shown by his performances against Oklahoma’s Trae Young during the 2017-18 season. According to Mountaineer head coach Bob Huggins, fellow NBA Draft hopefuls were cancelling and rescheduling their workouts when they’d find out that Jevon would also be in attendance because they didn’t want to have to go up against Carter in front of NBA scouts.

Carter is also very capable on offense. He’s a solid ball handler, and has the ability to penetrate off the dribble then dish to open teammates on the perimeter. Carter improved his shot selection and three-point shot throughout his collegiate career, to the point he was very good when left alone. Catch-and-shoot opportunities were automatic and contested shots were serviceable. Carter was also extremely reliable from the free throw line, making over 85% of his free throw attempts as a senior.

Carter is the first Mountaineer to be selected in the draft since Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks were drafted back-to-back in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Source: Smoking Musket

Powered by WPeMatico

D-Day For WVU’s Jevon Carter

Jevon Carter

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The best defensive player in college basketball the last two seasons has found a home in the NBA.


Powered by WPeMatico

From Castaway to Possible Difference Maker

Trevon West

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the first year Trevon Wesco played football at West Virginia University he was a lot like Robinson Crusoe – a castaway stranded on a deserted island.


Powered by WPeMatico

Mountaineer Rookies Earn Academic Honor


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Forty-five West Virginia University freshmen student-athletes were named to the 2018 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team, as announced by the conference today.


Powered by WPeMatico

Jevon Carter Looks to Steal a First Round Spot in Tonight’s NBA Draft

Tonight’s the night for West Virginia’s career steals and assists leader. Carter is positioned to be the first Mountaineer selected in the NBA Draft in eight years.

Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.


College football player ranking: Full list of top 100 |
Sports Illustrated’s 2018 ranking of the top 100 players in college football is here. Check out where David Sills V, David Long Jr., and Will Grier landed among the nation’s best players.

Ranking the top 25 quarterback rooms in college football ahead of the 2018 season | CBSSports
Check out where the Mountaineer quarterbacks are ranked among the top quarterback groups in the country.

Former Mountaineers, now Philadelphia Eagles, continue to celebrate their Super Bowl victory as they received their championship rings last week.

Got my ring !!!

A post shared by Wendell Smallwood (@weetwiththe_wam) on

Something ill NEVER EVER Forget . History Forever

A post shared by rasul (@rd32_era) on


WVU’s Carter to Learn NBA Destination Thursday Night | West Virginia Athletics
Jevon Carter’s basketball career will reach a key milestone as he finds out where he will be playing next year in the NBA. Carter still has a chance to find his way into the first round. The draft will be televised on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. tonight.

NBA Draft Profile: Just Where Does Jevon Carter Fit? | The Smoking Musket
Check out Jevon Carter’s Draft Profile before the 2018 NBA Draft.

Mitch Vingle: WVU present and future looks bright in NBA draft | Charleston Gazette-Mail
Mountaineer fans could be seeing many of their favorite West Virginia players go to the NBA starting tonight.

2018 NBA draft – 10 sleepers and steals to watch | ESPN
If Jevon Carter doesn’t make it into the first round of the NBA Draft, he will likely be a steal for the team that drafts him in the second round.

2018-19 college basketball top 25: Kansas tops our updated look at next season’s top teams | SBNation
Take a look at where the Mountaineers and other top Big 12 teams are now ranked, as SB Nation looks ahead to the 2018-2019 college basketball season.

Around the Big 12

Dominic Fletcher’s bat helps Arkansas Razorbacks beat Texas Tech Red Raiders at College World Series | ESPN
Texas Tech suffered their first loss of the College World Series yesterday at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Red Raiders are the only team remaining in the College World Series representing the Big 12 Conference and today they will take on Florida to avoid elimination.

Texas’ season comes to close in Omaha | The Daily Texan
Florida ended the Longhorn baseball season on Tuesday with a 6-1 triumph over Texas in the College World Series. With the Longhorns eliminated, Texas Tech is the only team from the Big 12 Conference remaining in the College World Series.

Trae Young Signs Adidas Sneaker Endorsement Contract Ahead of 2018 NBA Draft | Bleacher Report
Former Oklahoma standout Trae Young has signed an endorsement contract with Adidas. Young joins many other lottery pick prospects, including DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley Jr., to sign endorsement deals prior to tonight’s NBA Draft.

Around the NCAA

College World Series 2018: video, highlights & results | SBNation
Omaha continues to excite with the College World Series heating up. Check out video highlights and results from the games that have occurred so far.

NBA Draft 2018: Every mock, move and rumor leading up to draft night | SBNation
This is the go-to page for all of the news, mock drafts, and more to check out before tonight’s NBA Draft. Learn more about the prospects and where they could end up tonight.

World Cup 2018: Ronaldo’s goal, schedule, scores, highlights from Day 7 | SBNation
The world’s top national teams continue to face off as the first week of the World Cup comes to a close. Keep up with all of the recent results and upcoming games with SB Nation.

NBA mock draft: This would be the perfect pick for every team | SBNation
If everything were to fall into place perfectly, what would the NBA Draft results look like? Let’s find out.

9 NBA Draft sleepers who can be a gem for your favorite team | SBNation
Not all of the great NBA Draft prospects are well known players at this point, so many of these players will be steals for the teams that select them on draft night. See which of these draft sleepers the Mountaineers faced this past season.

A post shared by David Sills V (@davidsills_) on

Have any tips, suggestions or requests for what you want to see in The Shotgun/Throwdown? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or contact us on social media.

Follow us!

Twitter: @smokingmusket

Facebook:The Smoking Musket

Source: Smoking Musket

Powered by WPeMatico

Country Roads: Lester Rowe


“Lester Rowe from Buffalo” has experienced Mountaineer basketball from all different sides of the court. Rowe got his first taste of the West Virginia University basketball program as a star member of coach Gale Catlett’s men’s basketball team in the 1980s. After playing professionally overseas for a few years, Rowe returned to Morgantown as one of Catlett’s assistants. After a little more than a decade away, Rowe is back as an assistant coach for Mike Carey and the WVU women’s basketball team.


Powered by WPeMatico

NBA Draft Profile: Just Where Does Jevon Carter Fit?

Let’s take a look at the Sultan of Steals for the Mountaineers and his NBA outlook

Jevon Carter was the engine, the heart and the hands in the last four years for Press Virginia. Carter is the epitome of the Mountaineer spirit, figuring out quickly that if he wanted to play, defense would be his calling. Carter put work in day in and day out and transformed himself into national Defensive Player of the Year. Not only was he the defensive machine for the Mountaineers but he was their point guard, leading the team in points per game (17.3), assists per game (6.6), steals per game (3.0), free throw percentage (85.8%) and was second on team in 3-point percentage (39.3%).


When you talk about Jevon, the first thing will always be his defense. Jevon possesses extremely quick and strong hands, allowing him to swipe at balls and knock them loose from players who think they have a hold of the ball. Not only are his hands quick, but Carter is intelligent in how he uses them. He doesn’t have to gamble in passing lanes, he is able to catch players trying to cross over or transition leading to turnovers. For his size, Carter was a solid rebounder for the Mountaineers with over 6 rebounds per 40 minutes (adjusted).

Carter’s reputation as a defensive master was on show when the Mountaineers took on Trae Young and the Oklahoma Sooners. Young, who came into the game white-hot was frazzled and frustrated all game as Carter hounded, poked, prodded and kept the phenom off his game.

On the offensive side, Carter is a solid ball handler. He has the ability to penetrate off the dribble then dish to open teammates on the perimeter. Carter improved his shot selection and three-point shot throughout his collegiate career, to the point he was very good when left alone. Catch-and-shoot opportunities were automatic and contested shots were serviceable. Carter was also extremely reliable from the free throw line, making over 85% of his free throw attempts as a senior.

For Carter though, it is all about the defense. Carter’s defensive reputation followed him even after the NBA Combine. Agents were cancelling workouts for their clients when they found out Carter was also going to be at the workout.


Despite being a “solid” ball handler, Carter doesn’t possess the elite first step of many guards in the NBA. Once he gets to the NBA, Carter isn’t going to be able to penetrate the lanes. Jevon is solidly a below the rim player and will continue to be so in the NBA. A ruthless defender in college, Jevon’s height could be an issue in the next level due to his 8’-6” standing reach which was one of the shorter measurements at the combine. The average height of an NBA point guard is 6’-3” which will make Jevon susceptible to watching guards shoot over top of him.

The upside of being a four-year player in college is how smart and experienced you are. The downside is that you’ve likely maxed out your NBA potential. Jevon’s four-year college career is going to work against him in the NBA as he doesn’t possess the “potential” to be a superstar. Given that Jevon was an unheralded prospect in Chicago who made himself into a NBA prospect, that likely sits just fine with Jevon.

Carter was solid for the Mountaineers as an offensive prospect but he rarely took over games. Despite his experience, Carter averaged well under 20 points per game and often when games were close or WVU was trailing, he could be seen trying too hard or playing “hero-ball” instead of dishing to open teammates or kicking out once he got into the lane.


Where He Fits

Most rankings and mocks have Jevon flirting with the end of the first round but mostly as a second round selection, in the 32-37 range. Starting at #30 the selections are: #30 – Atlanta Hawks, #31 – Phoenix Suns, #32 – Memphis Grizzlies, #33 – Atlanta Hawks, #34 – Dallas Mavericks, #35 – Orlando Magic, #36 – Sacramento Kings, #37 – New York Knicks, #38 – Philadelphia 76ers, #39 – Philadelphia 76ers

Jevon has currently worked out with Memphis, Sacramento, Phoenix, Utah, Minnesota and the Los Angeles Lakers so far.

Carter’s calling card of defense, defense, defense will make him interesting to teams who already have scorers and can bring Jevon in late in the game to make plays and not be asked to run the show. For a team like the Phoenix Suns, who had the worst defensive rating in the league last season, Carter’s presence in the final 6-8 minutes of a game could go a long way in shoring up their defensive woes.

Carter’s mom hails from Memphis and with the #32 pick in the draft the Grizzlies fall right in line with where Carter is projected to be selected. With Memphis owning a high selection in the first round, the Grizzlies can take their scorer of the future early and then back him with Carter in the second round.

The 76ers, who seem to own the NBA Draft this year with six picks out of 60 could find themselves taking another guard with Carter despite having a slew of them on their roster. If the 76ers choose not to keep all of their guards, then Carter could come into a situation where he already has a roster set to score and is asked to perform limited duties and hit the open shot without being required to be “the man”.

Source: Smoking Musket

Powered by WPeMatico

WVU’s Carter to Learn NBA Destination Thursday Night

Jevon Carter

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After weeks of workouts, testing and evaluations, West Virginia’s Jevon Carter is about to see all of his hard work pay off when the 2018 NBA Draft commences Thursday night inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


Powered by WPeMatico