Jevon Carter has been a star on the Proviso East High School boys’ basketball team for the last two years.
Next year, he will take his talents to West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V.
Jevon made it official on November 14 when, surrounded by family, teammates, and his coaches, he signed his letter of intent to attend West Virginia. West Virginia University competes in the Division I Big 12 Conference with basketball powers such as Kansas and Oklahoma State.
Ms. Cynthia Johnson, Jevon’s mother, said that her son, who also considered Illinois, Marquette, and Indiana State, chose West Virginia in part due to its basketball coach, Bob Huggins.
"Coach Huggins’ reputation pushed him right over the edge," Ms. Johnson said. "I love the school. I love the athletic and academic programs."
Mr. Donnie Boyce, head boys’ basketball coach at Proviso East, said that Jevon symbolizes what it means to be a student-athlete.
"He’s always accountable," Mr. Boyce said. "He’s done a great job of heeding my words and advice. This is the end result for somebody who has put in the work on the court and academically."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that Jevon was a great player and student.
"You’ve been a joy to watch," Mr. Valente said. "You’re respected in the hall. Academics are there. That’s who you are."
Jevon said that he was looking forward to college, but he wanted to finish strong at Proviso East first.
"I’ve got a feeling we’re going to win state this year," he said.