The 5-10 Carson was departing this afternoon to Portland to play in the Adidas Nations tournament, and stopped over at Arizona State
for an unofficial visit just a few hours before his departure. Due to his time constraints the visit was limited just to the Weatherup Center but it was time well spent nonetheless.
"Because this was my first visit this is the first time I saw the Weatherup Center," Carson said. "It's really something. It's huge and has so much different stuff in it like a weight room. It was crazy…they even had an alumni locker room for the ASU alumni players that play in the NBA and come back here to workout. It was great to see."
The guard was not only impressed with the facility, but also with the conversation he and his mother had with Head Coach Herb Sendek today.
"I'm going to take another visit where I will tour the whole campus," Carson stated. "So that's why today I just spent the whole time talking to the coaches. Coach Sendek wanted to let me know how my game fits into the ASU program. Other universities have said that ASU doesn't run in transition but he showed me film how they get easy buckets off transition. He showed me how (Derek) Glasser was coming off the screen and being effective as a scorer. He basically told me how much he wanted me to be a Sun Devil and I really liked the ASU vibe.
"That's what really impressed my mom and I, the way ASU plays and how they fit their scheme around their personnel. His team is going to be different this year with players such as Carrick Felix so their style of play will be up tempo. Coach Sendek told me how much they are going to run and push the ball because of the personnel, and that's the type of players he is looking to bring into the program."
The Mesa High School standout not only likes the fact that the Sun Devils are in his backyard (a fact that his mother likes even more), but the team makeup is also very appealing to him.
"I talked to Coach Sendek and Ty Abbot and they told me how strong the bond is between all the players," Carson noted, "and that when you play on a team that likes each other that helps your play on the court and gets you to play better."
Carson said that prior to his visit he was already very interested in ASU and that level of affinity did nothing but grow after today.
"I was thinking about ASU as a slowdown team," Carson admitted. "But after today I know that they will recruit kids like myself who like to get up and down the court and score in transition. I know I can come in here and just play my game and that's huge for me when it's time to choose a college."
While ASU appears to be one of the stronger suitors for Carson's services, the guard who decommitted from Oregon State in April maintained that he isn't ruling any school out right now, nor is he close to a decision.
"I'm visiting Arizona on Monday," Carson said, "and that's all the visits I have lined up right now because I'll be on the road for a while at other tournaments. I still want to check out schools like UCLA, Alabama, Marquette, Boston College, St. John's, USC, and Washington. I'm just keeping all my options open now.
"I'm going to see if I get more offers after July and then start narrowing down the list in September or October."
The Jackrabbit point guard is arguably the best in-state prospect in the 2011 class and as a junior he shot 43% from three-point range. He averaged 23.3 points, 5.5 assists and 2.2, 2.0 steals a game for Mesa who finished 25-5 this past season and reached the state's 5A-1 state tournament quarterfinals
Perceptions can become reality, until proven otherwise. 2011 point guard Jahii Carson made the short drive to Tempe for his first ever ASU visit and came away convinced that the notion of the maroon and gold playing at a slower pace couldn't be further than the truth. Consequently, he realized the up tempo style the Sun Devils are employing will be a great fit to his skills.