MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia University head coach Bob Huggins encourages his players to get in the gym.
Typically, when his athletes devote their time in the gym, they find success on the court.
One example of that is Jevon Carter.
The Maywood, Illinois native spends an ample amount of time in the gym. On some days he can be in the there anywhere from six to seven hours.
“He’s a workhorse and that’s instilled in him,” junior guard Daxter Miles Jr. said. “He’s got that big chip on his shoulder all the time. He’s always got something to prove.”
On numerous accounts this season, Huggins has praised Carter for his hard work and it is paying off.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior leads the Mountaineers with 13.3 points per game. However, Carter does so much more. He can rebound (4.9), dish out assists (3.8) and he is a staple on defense.
The All-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year is seventh in the nation in steals (2.5) and his grit attributes to much of the triumph of WVU’s press.
The game wasn’t always a breeze for Carter but his coach kept him focused and put his faith in the emerging star.
“Huggs always had a countless amount of belief in me,” Carter said. “Even at times when I couldn’t believe in myself, he just kept believing in me. Nobody’ perfect. We are all going to make mistakes and he just told me to keep playing.”
In return, the point guard has developed into one of the Mountaineers’ most reliable players.
Carter was one of the defying factors in WVU’s victory over Notre Dame to advance to the Sweet 16.
So why does he work so hard?
“March Madness,” Carter said. “I keep my mind on March Madness. I want to come out here and be a winner. That’s why I came to West Virginia for, to win. So I just keep my mind on being a winner.”
Carter and the rest of the Mountaineers will look to continue to flourish in March when they face Gonzaga on Thursday in the West Region semifinal.
Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS