KANSAS CITY, Mo.–Grandmothers and their grandchildren often have a special bond. It’s a bond that cannot be broken even after death.
That bond was apparent on Friday night when West Virginia beat Oklahoma 69-67 in a heart stopper at the Sprint Center. Jevon Carter left his heart on the floor and scored 26 points.
“He went out with a mindset,” WVU junior guard Tarik Phillip said. “He went out, he told me he was going to do this for his grandma. He played a heck of a game. This was one of his best games by far.”
After Buddy Hield’s shot was waved off and the Mountaineers were celebrating, the sophomore guard pointed to the sky. He was pointing to his grandma in heaven.
“Today’s my grandma’s birthday,” Carter said. “She just passed recently. She was up there watching us. I am just blessed.”
In that moment he knew she was watching over him and he wanted to thank her.
“I just saying thank you grandma,” Carter said. “Thank you grandma. I knew you were going to give this to me.”
Willie Lee Carter passed away last May, and it was a difficult loss for Maywood, IL native.
“She was like a mother to me,” he said tearing up. “I miss her a lot. I miss her a lot.”
When the 6-foot-2, 195-pound guard described her, he couldn’t help but smile.
“She was fun,” he said. “She was fun to be around, always laughing. Always making something of a good situation. She was always helpful, helping everybody out. No matter what you need she never let you go hungry. She always made sure you were fed.”
And when Hield’s shot was waved off, Carter knew he had some help from above. On any other given day it would have counted, but this day was his grandma’s birthday and she wanted her grandson to win.
“Any other day but today that shot would of counted, but my grandma did not want to lose that game,” he said.
The win is one that Carter will forever cherish.
“It means a lot,” he said.