Whether people want to believe it or not, Proviso East has a chance to be as good as a year ago. The Pirates, if you remember, ran the table during the regular season and rolled through March before falling to Simeon in the state championship game.
Sterling Brown, who blossomed late this past season and elevated his reputation and moved into the stratosphere of high-major prospect, is poised to become a true go-to player. Brown's senior classmate, jet-quick point guard Paris Lee, has been terrific this spring (as highlighted in a previous Hoops Report blog) and puts constant pressure on opponents at both ends of the floor. But it's junior Jevon Carter who can make this Proviso East team so dangerous. This kid has impressed the Hoops Report in a big way.
With Carter, it's as if Proviso East and coach Donnie Boyce have this secret little weapon no one is really aware of just yet. We're not talking one of those "players to watch" types; he's the real deal.
Carter, an under-the-radar prospect in the Class of 2014, has opened the Hoops Report's eyes with his play all spring. And he did so again over the course of two days of action at the DePaul Team Camp at Attack Athletics. Every time you watch Proviso East, Carter is getting buckets.
The Hoops Report has a thing for three different types of players when scouring for college prospects: the ideal, true, on-the-block big man (the most difficult player to find); the pure, prototype point guard (when you find one it's enjoyable and refreshing); and the sweet-shooting, natural scoring 2-guard (more difficult to find than you think).
When you find one of the aforementioned three types of prospects, you get excited. That's why Carter excites you when watching him play. He's one of the top shooters in the Class of 2014. Plus, he has added more to his game off the dribble and become a big-time scoring 2-guard since first impressing the Hoops Report last fall in an open gym as a sophomore.
While he may not be an explosive athlete, Carter has quickness and instincts. And he makes shots. He can make them in bunches, often in an effortless manner. He has a solid shooting stroke with sound mechanics, a quick release and range. He will slice to the basket and get to the rim off the bounce. With so much attention being paid to Brown, along the the disruption Lee creates with the ball in his hands, Carter is in position to be a huge weapon for Boyce this coming season.
"He has a chance to be a really big part of what we are trying to do next year," Boyce told the Hoops Report at the DePaul Team Camp. "He is talented and can really score. Plus, he wants to get better."
Carter is a blip on the recruiting radar right now, but in the eyes of the Hoops Report he is one of the better guard prospects in the entire Class of 2014. Although probably just 6-1, Carter, who is the cousin of former Proviso East star Keith Carter, has some length to him and looks as if he may grow a little. If Carter were to add a couple of inches, we're talking the ideal, prototype college 2-guard with basketball instincts, a beautiful jump shot, scoring ability and just enough size.
With Brown, Lee, Carter and emerging Brandon Jenkins, an explosive 6-3 senior wing, this Proviso East team will at least be more potent on the offensive end than a year ago.
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