WVU's Jevon Carter wins first Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award

Jevon Carter shooting over a Pittsburgh defender. (Photo Credit: WVU Sports/Dale Sparks)

West Virginia senior guard Jevon Carter was named the first recipient of the newly-created Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Sunday in San Antonio.

Carter was selected to The Associated Press All-America second team. Other honors this season for Carter include Sporting News (second team); USA Today (third team); NBC Sports (third team); and NABC (third team) All-America teams.

Carter was also named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. He is just the fourth player in conference history to win the award twice. He is the first guard to win multiple Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

Carter led the nation with 112 steals this season and was second in the nation with 3.03 steals per game. Carter also led the way for the Mountaineer offense, scoring 17.3 points a game. He also averaged 6.6 assists a game and 4.6 rebounds a game and played 35.5 minutes a game.

Carter and the Mountaineers finished the 2017-18 season with 26 wins. WVU fell to Kansas in the Big 12 championship game and made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated by top-seeded Villanova.

In his four years in Morgantown, Carter, a native of Maywood, Illinois, helped lead the Mountaineers to 105 wins and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including three appearances in the Sweet 16.

Carter set school records for steals in a season (112), career steals (330), and assists in a season (246).

Carter was also named to the Academic All-American Team and was named Academic All-American of the Year for men's basketball.

In a year full of accolades, Carter also won the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. Carter is the second Mountaineer to win the award after it was awarded to Da'Sean Butler in 2010.

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