Carson Excited for Future with Devils

ASU Basketball's newest addition is looking forward to joining the squad and making an immediate impact for the Sun Devils. Find out what he's looking forward to most, the things he's been working on, and what his goals are for next season.

It was August of 2010 when the star point guard from Mesa High School pledged his commitment to the Sun Devils. Almost a year later, a graduated Jahii Carson cannot wait to step foot on Arizona State's campus and officially put on the maroon and gold.

"I report July 3rd for second session summer school," he shares with "I'm really excited to make the transition from high school to college; I'm ready to see how the experience is going to be."

Like any incoming freshman, Carson is excited for the next step in his journey, but this student-athlete has more on his mind than the typical college kid.

"I'm most looking forward to the season," Carson explains. "Seeing how the atmosphere is, seeing how things go around campus and seeing how college basketball is as a whole. I've been on the outside looking in, so I want to see how the players work, see how they train, see how they deal with managing school and basketball, and I want to see if I'm ready to take on that challenge; I think I'm ready."

Carson knows that it's going to take some work to be successful at the next level, but he feels he is prepared.

"I was committed as a sophomore to Oregon State," he recalls. "I've really been getting ready for the next level ever since then. I've been trying to manage my time on and off the court with academics and basketball. I've kept my head focused for the next level, so I think I'm ready for it."

"I've been working on getting in the weight room, I'm working on that part of my game and just seeing where I can get stronger, because that's going to help me. The other thing I've been working on is my jump shot, making it more consistent and making me a little more deadly from behind the arc."

Not only is Carson working on his individual skills, but he's also focused on developing relationships with his future teammates.

"I'm real close with Keala King, I talk to him pretty much every day," shares Carson. "We talk about short term goals and how to get better during the season. Just keeping in touch and trying to get that team chemistry going on and off the court."

Carson has a few goals of his own, and with the culmination of his time in the weight room, improved jump shot, and team chemistry, he's hoping to accomplish several things next year.

"I'm going to try to bring defensive tempo," he says. "Try to speed the game up a little bit, try to get teams out of their comfort zone, push the ball on the offensive end and try to get to the player on the defensive end."

"My personal goal is I just want to come in and I want to make an immediate impact. I don't want to overstep my boundaries and I don't want to play below what I know I can play. So I just want to come in and do what I do and try to make the best out of everything."

With Herb Sandek's support, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete does not think that attaining his goals will be a problem.

"I have a very good relationship with him and he definitely has confidence in me," Carson says of his future head coach. "He has the confidence that I can go out there and run the basketball team, and it's great coming in as a freshman point guard; a coach that has the confidence in you, makes your confidence higher also."

"I think I'm going to do really well at ASU."

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