Carson returns for sophomore season

After exploring his NBA options and receiving feedback from an NBA committee, the reigning co-Pac 12 freshman of the year, Jahii Carson, removed his application for the upcoming NBA draft, and announced Tuesday evening that he was returning to his Sun Devil team for the 2013-14 season.

Carson's 18.5 points per game is second only to Ike Diogu's 19.0 in 2002-03 among Sun Devil freshman, and rank seventh in Pac-10/12 history for a freshmen.

The former Mesa (Ariz.) High School guard became the first Sun Devil freshman to both start and play in 35 games. His 37.2 minutes per game topped the school freshmen record of 34.1 set by James Harden. In Pac-12 games, his 38.3 minutes per game topped Harden's 35.9.

Carson also set Sun Devil freshmen records for points (647), field goals made (231) and attempted (488), assists (177), total minutes (1,303) and 20-point games (18). He attempted 207 free throws, third on the Sun Devil freshmen list, as only Ike Diogu (245 in 2002-03) and James Harden (224 in 2007-08) attempted more.

His three 30-point games is a first for a Sun Devil freshman, and the three games rank second, third and tied for fifth on the single-game Sun Devil freshmen list. Even more impressive is each of the three games was played away from home.

We are currently attending Jahii Carson's press conference and will have quotes from that event later this evening.

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