HoopsHype Jahii Carson rumors
Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson officially declared his intention to enter this year’s NBA draft on Wednesday. SI.com
Arizona State guard and two-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection Jahii Carson as expected will forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. The 2013 Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his sophomore season, leading the Sun Devils to a 21-12 mark and its first NCAA appearance since 2009, as well as its best home record (16-1) in 40 seasons. Carson averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists in 2012-13, the first freshman to do that since Chris McGuthrie of Mount St. Mary's in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1). Arizona State Sun Devils
Jahii Carson has played his final home game for Arizona State. Coach Herb Sendek ended any latent speculation on that after the Sun Devils rolled past California 78-60 on Saturday. "He's not coming back," Sendek said. No qualifier was added. This season is it — period. Associated Press
Carson is expected by everyone, including Sendek, to declare for the NBA draft after this season. Asked if it was his last home game in college, Carson said, "Yeah, for the most part." Associated Press
Jahii Carson's early exit to the NBA has been expected since he first arrived at Arizona State two years ago. The dynamic point guard bypassed a chance at the pros last season before deciding to return to school. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Carson will take the leap after his sophomore season. "I have no doubt in my mind he will end up going to the NBA after this year," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said during the Sun Devils' media day on Thursday. "I've known that for a long time." The Republic
When the time came to make a decision, the Arizona State point guard shut everyone out except those closest to him. After consulting with his family, his coaches, even some NBA executives, Carson decided to stay at Arizona State for at least one more season. "I really didn't know," Carson said Tuesday night. "I just took some time after the season to try to get some space, just to take some time, get some quiet, to get some shots up and just be a normal kid for once. "I just wanted some time to try to get away with myself, but as the moment started coming up I started talking to my parents and coaching staff about it and I came to a decision." SI.com
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