Penn State basketball has its first Class of 2024 commitment.
— J🖇H (@JahvinCarter) June 27, 2023
Penn State offered Carter less than two weeks before he announced his commitment.
He also had offers from Georgia Tech and Middle Tennessee State.
Carter’s the second non-transfer portal player to commit to Penn State in the Mike Rhoades era. Last month, Icelandic guard Bragi Gudmundsson committed and signed, becoming Penn State’s only ’23 signee. Rhoades and Penn State missed out on a big-time ’24 target in four-star Royce Parham (Pittsburgh), who had Penn State as a finalist before committing to Marquette in April.
Carter helped Alcoa to a state championship last season and was the tournament’s MVP. He was also a first-team all-state performer and a finalist for Tennessee’s “Mr. Basketball” in Class 2A. With still a year of high school basketball left, Carter has already scored over 2,000 points.
He was putting up more than 26 points per game midway through last season and scored 62 during one contest. Penn State’s expected to run a high-octane offense piloted by assistant to the head coach Joe Crispin, who developed a reputation for being an offense coach when he was the head coach at Division III Rowan University.
The past several days have been pleasant for PSU basketball and its fans. This past Thursday, the program had two players selected in the NBA Draft for the first time in school history, with Jalen Pickett going to the Nuggets at pick No. 32 and Seth Lundy to the Hawks at pick No. 46. Andrew Funk signed a summer league deal with the Nuggets the following day. The future of Penn State basketball got a boost with Carter’s commitment.