The Delaware native lasted about one month at St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) and then had to sit out for much of his sophomore season after returning to Tatnall High (Del.) because of state regulations.
Not to mention that his best friend, Jeffrey Edminston, was killed in a car accident.
``It was pretty emotional for me," said the 6-foot, 175-pound junior point guard. "Things have been day to day since. I still think about him and always will."
Carter, 17, said he has matured significantly since making the decision to leave Delaware and then return shortly thereafter without ever having played a game under Dan Hurley.
``I just wasn't ready to be away from home 24-7," Carter said. "But I learned from that experience and when it comes to college, distance won't be an issue."
Another change for Carter this spring and summer will be his playing for the Delaware Sharpshooters instead of the Playaz Basketball Club.
``Jawan can break down defenses and can get to the rim basically at will," Sharpshooters coach Duane Coverdale said. "He is a wizard with the ball and he puts a lot of pressure on a defense. He comes at you and makes things happen."
While Carter is quick and his strength lies in his penetration ability, he knows he must improve his mid-range game because he won't necessarily be able to finish at the next level with the same consistency he is able to do so in high school.
In limited action, Carter averaged 23.7 points, 7 assists and 4 boards as a sophomore. In a loaded Class of 2006 that isn't as deep in the point guard spot, Carter has become a hot commodity. Carter hasn't limited his options, instead opting to recite a lengthy list that includes Wake Forest, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgetown, Villanova, St. Joseph's, Georgetown, Virginia, UConn, Seton Hall, Stanford, Oregon and Texas. Carter said that the Hoyas have already put forth a scholarship offer.
``Right now I'm just open and enjoying the whole process," Carter said. "I want to watch teams play this season before I start to narrow it down."