Jevon Carter

Jevon Carter enters NBA Draft, won’t hire agent

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West Virginia guard Jevon Carter has submitted his name as an early entry into the 2017 NBA Draft. He will not hire an agent, leaving him the option to return to Morgantown for his senior season.

“Jevon will go through the process in a systematic and professional manner by exploring the situation and leaving open his option to come back for his senior season,” West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said in a statement issued by the university on Monday afternoon.

Carter, one of the nation’s elite defenders, averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Mountaineers this past season.

If this decision is simply exploratory, like many assume it is, Carter has until May 24 to withdraw his name from the draft.

With the 6-foot-2 Carter back in the lineup, West Virginia is projected to be a top-15 team entering the 2017-18 season, according to NBC Sports.

Carter scores 21 as No. 14 West Virginia routs ULM 100-58

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) Jevon Carter scored 21 points and No. 14 West Virginia reached triple digits for the third time in nine games this season, rebounding from its first loss with a 100-58 victory Sunday over Louisiana-Monroe.

Daxter Miles Jr. added 18 points for the Mountaineers (8-1), who set a season high with 15 3-pointers following a 70-54 loss to No. 10 Virginia on Tuesday night at the Jimmy V Classic in New York.

West Virginia used a flurry of 3s to open a 31-11 lead in the first half and was never threatened. The Mountaineers went 15 for 36 from long range and held Louisiana-Monroe to 1 for 8. Carter, Miles and Jaysean Paige each hit four 3s.

Devin Williams had 12 points and 10 rebounds for West Virginia. Paige scored 14, and Tarik Phillip added 10.

Jamaal Samuel scored the first 15 points for the Warhawks (4-5) and finished with 19. He made seven of his team’s 10 field goals in the first half.

Travis Munnings added 12 points for Louisiana-Monroe, which was outrebounded 48-27.

West Virginia forced 21 turnovers. The Mountaineers entered leading the nation in steals, 3-point percentage defense and forced turnovers.

CHART CLIMBING

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is fourth among active Division I coaches with 773 wins. He needs six to tie Lou Henson for 12th place on the career list.

LOUISIANA-MONROE

The Warhawks finished 24-13 last season. But their best player, 6-foot-10 Majok Deng, missed another game with a lingering leg injury. … The Warhawks have lost to Minnesota, Houston, Kent State and Penn State on the road.

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West Virginia plays Marshall on Thursday in Charleston, the state capital.

Louisiana-Monroe hosts Central Baptist on Friday.

West Virginia overcomes 11-point deficit to meet UConn in Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game

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West Virginia overcame an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat Boston College, 70-66, to advance to the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game against No. 17 UConn on Sunday. A team that needs to prove it is much more than its All-American caliber guard, Juwan Staten, did so in the late stages of the contest, holding on to the win despite Staten fouling out with more than three minutes remaining.

In his absence, freshman guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles Jr. stepped up in the final moments against one of the ACC’s best guards Oliver Hanlan. The first-year tandem combined for 25 points, seven boards, four assists, three steals and zero turnovers. They were also part of a full-court pressure that helped force 21 Boston College turnovers, including three costly ones down the stretch that helped keep Boston College from tying or reclaiming the lead.

The performance from Carter, Miles and fellow guard Gary Browne should inspire confidence heading into Sunday’s game with the Huskies. The Mountaineers were able to close out a game without their All American caliber guard to advance to the title game. UConn is coming off an 11-point semifinal win over Dayton thanks in large part to a better defensive effort in the second half and offensive production from senior Ryan Boatright and newcomers Rodney Purvis and Daniel Hamilton.

UConn and West Virginia play for the title on Sunday afternoon.

Jevon Carter commits to West Virginia

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Bob Huggins landed his second commitment in the Class of 2014, as point guard Jevon Carter committed to the Mountaineers late on Tuesday evening.

Carter is a 6-foot-2 point guard out of Chicago’s Proviso East HS and was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.

“I just feel like this is the best fit for me,” Carter told the Charleston Daily Mail. “They blew me away with the visit.”

“I really liked the way I bonded with the players so quickly and so easily. It felt like we already knew each other.”

West Virginia doesn’t have any seniors on their roster, which means it may take a few years for Carter to crack the starting lineup. But with a back court that only goes four-deep, it was good for Huggs to bring in some more depth.

Carter joins Daxter Miles in Huggins’ 2014 class.