Leroy Jevon Carter (born September 14, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the West Virginia Mountaineers. A point guard for the Mountaineers, Carter was known as one of the top defensive players in college basketball, winning the NABC Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell Award after both his junior and senior seasons, and winning the inaugural Naismith Defensive Player of the Year in his final season.
Carter played basketball at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois. He played mostly off the ball in high school. From 2011 to 2012 he played for Team NLP in AAU competition, where one of his teammates was Jalen Brunson. Carter was a three-star recruit and was the No. 299 player in the 2014 class according to 247Sports.com. He received scholarship offers from Akron, Dartmouth, Kent State, Lehigh, Toledo, Valparaiso, UW-Green Bay and Illinois State, but committed to West Virginia.
On March 12, 2018, Carter was named Academic All-American of the Year for Division I men’s basketball.
For the 2017–18 season, Carter was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press. He was also named to the Sporting News second team, and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) third team, resulting in consensus second-team All-America honors. Later that same week, he was added to the 2018 John R. Wooden Award All American Team. He was also named the 2018 Senior CLASS Award winner. This award (Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School), given annually, is for the most outstanding senior student athlete in Men’s Basketball. Carter is the second player in West Virginia University history to win this award, the first being Da’Sean Butler, who won it in 2010.
For his senior season, Jevon Carter won many postseason awards for his defensive play, including Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the NABC Defensive Player of the Year, the Lefty Driesell Player of the Year and the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year. Carter became the first player to win the Lefty Driesell Player of the Year more than once and only the 7th player to win the NABC Defensive Player of the Year more than once, the first since Hasheem Thabeet won in the 2007-08 season and the 2008-09 season. He won the inaugural Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.