Jevon Carter, a rising senior who lead his Proviso East team in scoring a year ago, will be making an official visit to West Virginia on Aug. 30. It will be his first trip to the Mountain State, and the 6-2 senior has some goals in mind to accomplish on his trip.
"I want to see the campus and the area and learn about it," he told BlueGoldNews.com. "The coaches haven't told me a lot about it, so I want to see how everything is. I want to learn about other things besides basketball, too. I want to get my education (he plans on majoring in business) and see how everything is there."
Carter helped the Pirates to a fourth-place state finish in 2012-13, and has seen teammates go on to Division 1 programs following that success. While those players were in the spotlight as seniors, Carter clearly held his own, averaging 18 points per game and helping Proviso East to a second consecutive state tournament berth. He followed that up with an outstanding showing with his Next Level Performance AAU team, as he helped it win the 17 and Under AAU National Championship in Orlando this summer.
A scorer who can both shoot from the perimeter and get to the hoop, Carter can finish with either hand in the lane, and shows a nice teardrop floater inside as well as an array of spins and fakes on his way to the basket. He's also physical on his drives, and isn't shy about clearing space with a well timed hook or forearm to get to the rim. He'd get the chance to show the same skills at West Virginia should he choose the Mountaineers, as he indicated the coaching staff told him he would be a point guard there.
Carter has received a number of offers over the course of his high school career, including tenders from Valparaiso, Kent State, Toledo, Akron and Illinois State, but said that as of now West Virginia, Lehigh and LaSalle are his top three. He said he was not sure if he would take any other visits at this point, but had in previous interviews indicated that he was going to visit the Explorers. He has not yet set a timetable for making a decision.
With juniors Juwan Staten and Gary Browne the only true point guards on the roster, the Mountaineers will definitely be looking to add help at that position in the upcoming recruiting class. Carter, who shows the ability to be both a solid scorer and a good distributor of the ball, is one of the top high school players on West Virginia's recruiting radar in 2014.