MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University’s Jevon Carter is primed to take over the point this season.
This isn’t Carter’s first rodeo at the point. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound sophomore took over after Juwan Staten and Gary Browne suffered injuries late last season. He started the final two regular season games and in the Big 12 Tournament.
Carter struggled offensively during those three games. He shot 13 percent from the field, going 0 for 10 when the Mountaineers traveled to Lawrence to face Kansas.
Head coach Bob Huggins believes that Carter can run the offense and still put up the points.
“Well, I think he is going to score,” Huggins said. “What I told him is to try and throw to guys that have the same color shirts that you have on. While to give you an analogy, it’s like coaching a quarterback, you know who is supposed to come open first, who is supposed to come open second and then if they’re not there, know what to look for.
“And that takes some time, particularly with our guys because virtually everybody you recruit, they were scorers. And there is nothing wrong with having a guy at the point who scores as long as you get other people involved, and you get them and you get us an offense and you run the things we ask you to run. It just takes a little bit of time.”
For Carter, the transition to the point is taking just that, time.
“Its had its ups and down,” Carter said. “I don’t feel like I am where I want to be, but I feel like I’m better than I was.
Knowing when to score and when to pass has been the biggest struggle for the Maywood, IL native.
Carter turns to his former teammate, Staten, for advice.
Staten told him, “Stay focused, stay in the gym and stay active.”
Carter also spends a lot of time trying to learn by watching film of other great guards that Huggins has coached.
“I watch a lot of film on Juwan Staten and Nick Van Exel, who he (Huggins) had at Cincinnati, those type of guards, Truck Bryant,” he said. “I have just been watching a lot of film, trying to put it all together.”
Carter spends a lot of time in the gym trying to put everything he has learned together. He will get his first experience at running the point this season on Friday, Nov. 6 when the Mountaineers play Glenville State in preseason action.