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2014 NBA draft:Jahii Carson won’t return to Arizona State for junior season

Arizona State super sophomore Jahii Carson has played his last game at home for the Sun Devils according to multiple reports on March 2.

Super sophomore Jahii Carson will bypass his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA draft.
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"He's not coming back," ASU head coach Herb Sendek said, following the Sun Devils 87-70 victory over California on Saturday night.

Carson, a lightening quick point guard, has played tremendously well for ASU (21-8, 10-6 PAC-12) this season. The Sun Devils are currently in third place in the PAC-12 and have won two straight.

Carson is currently averaging 18.4 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds a game.

Carson is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 38.3 percent (31-of-81) from beyond the arc. His numbers are very similar to last year.

The Pac-12 co-Freshman of the year averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds a game in 2012-13.

Strengths: speed, getting into the lane, court vision, getting to the free throw line, athleticism, handles.

Weakness: size, strength, range, defense, needs work on his left hand, turnover prone .

Evaluation: Carson is a little bit on the small side –5’10, 175 lbs. -- and will likely be a late second round draft choice (picks 40-to-58). The fact that Carson is more of a scorer/slasher than distributor will also hurt him in the draft.

Carson has world class athleticism and is at his best when he is in the open court. He is a blur in transition and likes to get to the basket. He possesses excellent court vision and has the ability to create for others.

On the offensive end, his quickness allows him to get into the lane at will. He is very good in isolation and pick-n-roll situations due to his array of dribble moves. Carson is also adept at shooting off the dribble in mid-range, either pulling up for a jumper or going with his floater (his go to move). He is also a decent spot-up shooter and has increased his three-point shooting the last two years -- 0.9-to 1.1 made triples.

Carson also has a tendency to force things, which is the reason for such a high number of turnovers (3.5 per game).

Defense is where Carson will struggle in the NBA as opponents can easily rise over him for a jumper due to his size. He also has trouble containing opposing point guards from penetrating in the lane.

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