Arizona State's Jahii Carson confirms he will enter NBA draft

Apr 16, 3:22 PM

Add Jahii Carson to the list of college players headed to the NBA.

The Arizona State product had been expected to declare for some time now, so this is hardly a surprise. It may not be the best decision, however, as Carson's up-and-down year failed to improve his draft stock as some expected.

To wit, ESPN ranks the 5-foot-10 Carson as just the No. 42 prospect while DraftExpress has him 47th, mocked to be selected 40th overall. 

He's small, which is the first critique against him, and only three players smaller than Carson saw run in the NBA this season. With that said, he's incredibly fast, very athletic and has shown the ability to fill it up in the college ranks - Carson averaged 18.6 points this season while shooting 39.1 percent from long range, representing a nice step forward from his slightly less efficient 18.5 points as a freshman.

Carson will also be 22 by the time the NBA season begins, so he's a bit old for a sophomore prospect. Still, the upside as a microwave man off the bench is such that some team will select him, and he could move closer to the first round with strong workouts.

Mar 2, 12:30 PM

Arizona State's Jahii Carson set to enter NBA Draft

Mar 2, 12:30 PM

Following Arizona State's impressive win against California on Saturday, head coach Herb Sendek revealed that Jahii Carson played his last game at Wells Fargo Arena. 

"He's not coming back. I know there was some rumblings after the last game ... but we can count on him trying to go to the NBA next year," Sendek said via azcentral.com

Carson has spent two seasons with the Sun Devils, averaging 18.4 points during his tenure, and Sendek complimented the the sophomore for making Arizona State prominent. 

"He really has created a lot of publicity for our program. There have been a lot of articles written. There's been a lot of chatter. There's been a lot of energy that has swirled around our program from the day he signed a Letter of Intent to be a Sun Devil. ...He certainly has advanced the national prominence of our program. Young prospects are able to identify with him because he does have such a well-known name in basketball circles. He's been a great asset to our program."

Through 29 games this season, the 5-foot-10 guard has averaged 18.4 points and 4.6 assists per game, while shooting 43.6 percent from the floor.