This time of year either makes college basketball coaches jump for joy, or slump in sadness. Expect Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins to do the former, as his leading scorer will be coming back for another year of college ball.
On Tuesday, Jevon Carter announced he would be withdrawing his name from consideration for the NBA draft and returning to college.
Huggins expressed that the experience of going through the draft process was still invaluable for Carter.
“Jevon went through the process in a systematic and professional manner by exploring his options,” WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins said. “He was able to gain feedback from NBA professionals that will help him in the future. We’re pleased that he will be a Mountaineer for his senior season.”
The Mountaineers are understandably thrilled to have Carter returning for his final year of eligibility. The 6-foot-2 guard was a force last year. He led the team in points, assists, and steals per game, finishing with 13.5, 3.7, and 2.5 respectively. He also finished second on the team in rebounds, averaging five per game.
Given the number of players who declared early for the NBA draft this year, his decision to return to school was likely a show of good judgement. With another year under his belt, he’ll be a more appealing prospect for teams looking for someone to contribute right away.
After a successful season and respectable tournament run last year, Carter again figures to be the main cog in the machine.