Purnell Offers Delaware Point Guard

Jawan Carter talks about his top schools.

The state of Delaware will sneak a guy past you every once in a while and produce a high-major player every now and then. This year, Eric Boateng made the burger game from the first state and the best underclassman in next year's class appears to be Jawan Carter.

Don't look now but Jawan Carter is leading the First State in scoring with 26 points a game. Carter, a 5-foot-11 point guard out of Tatnall in Wilmington, Del., doesn't just score it either. He's an assist man and a thief (the good kind!) with 4 steals a game.

However, being the best junior in a state better known for its beaches and pharmaceuticals rather than for its ball does have some drawbacks.

"It's tougher because you get everyone's best every single night out," Carter said.

Carter, who is going to take the SAT in May, counts offers from Villanova, St. Joe's, Clemson and Georgetown already. Speaking of the Hoyas, they signed two players out of Delaware in 2005 – Marc Egerson and Josh Thornton – so you know they'll be coming at him from that angle during his recruitment.

"I'm happy with who's recruiting me, but I'm still pretty open," said Carter, leaving the door ajar for more suitors to get involved. "Right now I'm just looking to have a good spring and a good summer."

Interested parties include Connecticut, Villanova, St. Joe's, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Kentucky, Wake Forest and DePaul.

"The schools that are interested, like Wake and schools like that, I've got a lot of schools that are guard oriented," Carter said. "I'm high on those schools. I've never really had a dream school; I've just watched the point guards play. The way the points play and the style of play, that will weigh on me."

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