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Checking In on Former WVU Standouts in the NBA and MLB

This month, former West Virginia student-athletes Jevon Carter and John Means are in the process of competing in their respective seasons in the NBA and MLB.

As the 2020-21 regular season begins to wrap up, let’s check in on former WVU point guard Jevon Carter (2015-18). Carter has been backing up all-time great Chris Paul on the Phoenix Suns. This is Carter’s second season with the Suns. The Suns are having their breakout season that they’ve been looking to have under star Devin Booker. Phoenix is in second place in the western conference with a 38-15 record.

Carter—this season—is averaging 3.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 40 games played.

On April 10, Carter had a great performance against the Washington Wizards. The All-American guard finished with a season-high 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting from the field, with six rebounds as well.

The NBA playoffs are set to start in late May. It will be exciting to watch Carter play for a contending team, as the Suns will attempt to appear in the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993.


Two weeks ago, former WVU pitcher John Means (2013-14) took the mound once again for the Baltimore Orioles on opening day.

Against the Boston Red Sox on April 2, Means earned the win, as he threw seven innings. Means allowed just one hit and struck out five Red Sox batters.

In his second start of the season on April 7, Means pitched in a no-decision against the New York Yankees. Means lasted four and two-thirds of an inning because of his pitch count rising. Means allowed one earned run and struck out four Yankees.

The Orioles are in the beginning stages of their season, but are fourth in the AL East, with a 4-5 record. Means has an earned run average of 0.77 through two games.

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