As part of WEEI’s coverage of the 2018 NBA Draft here is one in a series of profiles of prospective picks. The Celtics have one pick, the 27th overall. The draft will be held on June 21.
Position: Point Guard
School: West Virginia
Weight: 200 pounds
Key 2017-18 Stats: 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, 3.0 steals
Scouting Report: Carter could be the best on-ball defender in the draft. His steal rate of 4.8 percent ranked sixth in the country. His footwork in man-to-man matchups is phenomenal and he possesses a great deal of body control and balance. Despite being undersized, Carter’s relentless style of play entices teams and projects him as a solid defender at the next level.
Carter accels at being able to find open shooters on the perimeter. He sported a 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio during his senior season and finished third in the Big 12 with 6.6 assists per contest. He reads plays well and uses his physicality to his advantage. Carter’s ability to finish at the lane will be challenged in the NBA. His lack of length does not give him any advantages when it comes to fending off much larger defenders. Carter was also known to take some questionable shots, which could have been a byproduct of a floundering West Virginia offense that looked to him to try and single handedly create offense at times.
Notes: Carter is a two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and ranks 17th all-time on the NCAA Men’s Division 1 steal list. During his senior season, he improved his points per game from 13.5 to 17.6 and his assists per game from 3.7 to 6.6. Known as a top notch defender, Carter’s ability to improve at both scoring and finding his teammates improved dramatically. Carter is the first major conference player to have 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals for his career.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog