West Virginia’s Jevon Carter is the recipient of the 2018 Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year award while Mo Bamba (Texas) and Sagaba Konate (West Virginia) join Carter on the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America Team.
Carter led the nation in steals with 112 on the season. He also was tops in college basketball in forcing a steal on 4.7 percent of his possessions. He was the only player in the country to average 17 points, six assists and three steals per game this season.
“Jevon Carter changes the game by just being on the floor,” said CollegeInsider.com’s Angela Lento. “He makes a major impact without scoring a point. Watching him play defense is worth the price of admission.”
Carter holds the single-season school record for steals (112) and career-record (330). He became the first major college player and just the fifth Division I player all-time to have more than 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 300 steals in a career. The Maywood, Illinois native is the first player to win the award twice, as he grabbed the honors in 2017.
The award is named after Lefty Driesell who won 786 games in 41 years at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison and Georgia State. He ranks eighth on the NCAA career Division I coaches victories list and his teams at each stop were known for playing tenacious defense. From 1969-1986 at Maryland, his teams posted a 348-159 record, won two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season titles and one tournament title. Driesell also led Davidson, Georgia State and James Madison to the NCAA tournament, making him one of three coaches to reach the NCAAs with four different programs. His teams won a total of 16 regular season championships and six tournament championships.