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A classic rivalry between Jalen Brunson and Jevon Carter, from junior high to the Sweet 16

A classic rivalry between Jalen Brunson and Jevon Carter, from junior high to the Sweet 16

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had picked up a large coffee and was still trying to wake up when he discovered Jevon Carter at an AAU tournament in Orlando, Florida, a few years ago. It was an 8 a.m. game on the farthest court in a sprawling gym and Carter, a lightly recruited point guard from Illinois, was the only player pressing full-court on defense. Huggins immediately called an assistant and demanded that they sign him.

Carter played an anti-AAU style, and if anyone on the circuit knew how relentless he was, it was Jalen Brunson. They were scrappy prospects on the same AAU team in suburban Chicago in eighth and ninth grades when the elder Carter would hound Brunson at every...

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