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Arizona State’s Jahii Carson officially declares for NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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Another underclassman — and another one likely to go in the second round — has declared for the NBA Draft.

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson announced his intentions Wednesday through the university.

“After discussing all my options with my family, teammates and coaches, I have decided to enter the 2014 NBA Draft,” Carson announced. “My time at ASU has helped me mature as a student, athlete and person and has prepared me to take this next step in my career. I cannot thank Coach Sendek enough for allowing me to be a part of such an incredible Sun Devils community and I look forward to cheering on my teammates and all their future success.”

Carson is expected to go in the second round, along with players such as Jordan Clarkson of Missouri, Russ Smith of Louisville and Shabazz Napier of UConn (who may have played himself into the bottom of the first round with his NCAA tournament).

At 5’11” Carson is undersized but brings that NBA teams will like is speed, according to PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of and Rotoworld.

“Great speed and tough to contain one-on-one,” Isaacson told PBT. “He became a more consistent 3-point shooter this year (39.1 percent). Can be a good distributor, but also has control problems. He had to be the dominant offensive player for ASU, he could be a better point guard with more talent around him.”

Because of his size there are questions about how well he can defend at the NBA level.

But some team likely takes him and between Summer League and training camp he’ll get a chance to prove himself.

  1. genericusername93 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    How do you write an article about an underclassman leaving early and fail to mention how many seasons he played in college?

  2. saint1997 - Apr 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Has inklings of the next Isaiah Thomas (the current player of course)

  3. censormynameandmycomments - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Hmmm…stay at ASU, cement your legacy there, and possibly improve your draft status OR leave early for a non-guaranteed second round contract and (likely) disappear into the D-League or international ball.

    Sure, he’ll make some money now by leaving early, but I bet you anything he’ll regret it when he’s 40.

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