MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia basketball standouts Jevon Carter and Sagaba Konate had their chance to impress at this year’s NBA Draft Combine, which took place May 16-20 in Brooklyn, New York.
When presented with an opportunity to shine, Carter did just that. The Maywood, Ill. native impressed with his smothering pressure defense.
On Friday, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard scored 17 points, grabbed five boards and dished out four assists.
“Perhaps the draft’s top defensive guard, Carter spent a lot of time matched up against Devonte’ Graham and Tony Carr and reinforced his stock in the 25–40 range,” SI.com wrote. “He began the game by picking up Carr man-to-man across the length of the court, and his unrelenting intensity makes it easy to group him in with success stories like Patrick Beverley, another Chicago native who has made a living off of ball pressure and making open shots.
“Carter’s offensive decision-making can be up and down and he fell into a spell of trying to do too much, but he should be able to find a role despite a lack of great physical measurements. He specializes in making opponents uncomfortable, uses his hands extremely well and understands positioning on the perimeter. Expect a team to fall in love with him.”
In the workouts prior to the games, Carter had the best shuttle drill at the combine with a time of 3.04 seconds and he was fourth in the lane agility drill with a time of 11.04 seconds.
The Mountaineer standout finished fifth in the three-quarter-court sprint and the standing vertical jump. He was sixth in the vertical jump with a leap of 36 feet, five inches.
While Carter spent the weekend showing the NBA and everyone else his worth, it is what WVU fans have known for years.
During his tenure with the Mountaineers, the Proviso East High School alum had a star-studded career. He led the WVU to three Sweet 16 appearances and became the first player in Power 5 history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals over his whole career.
As a senior, Carter shot 42.2 percent and averaging 17.3 points per game.
Konate was also invited to the Combine and had a good showing. In two combine scrimmages, he made 11-of-21 shots while averaging 11.5 points, six rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.
The most recent ESPN draft top 100 list has Konate rated No. 62, which puts him just outside the top 60 picks for this year’s draft.
If the Mali native returns for his junior season, several projections have him going as a possible first round pick.
Underclassmen have until May 30 – 10 days after the combine to remain or withdraw from this year’s draft.
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