1 - Jahii Carson

5-11, 180 Point Guard
Arizona St. Sophomore
08/31/92 (29.4 yrs)
Mesa, AZ
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling
86 Overall:

NBA Comparison: Anderson Hunt

Strengths: Ultrafast, ultra-quick, scoring point guard, who averaged 21 points per 40 minutes this past season for the Sun Devils … His speed and quickness, combined with his tremendous vertical leap, make him one of the best pound-for-pound athletes in the 2014 draft … Has a very good handle, and excels at penetrating.  Can go behind the back, crossover, spin, and stop/start at great speeds with relative ease …  When his floater is working for him, he is very difficult to stop…  Gets to the line with regularity (7.5 times per 40 min.) …  Effective at drive and dish.  Averaged 5.2 assists per 40 minutes this past season at ASU … Incredibly explosive, had a 43.5 inch maximum vertical at the 2014 combine, one of the top verticals over the past 10 years …
Weaknesses:  Inconsistent shooter –– shot 43% from the field, 39% from three-point land (solid), and 72% from the foul line this past season. The 39% was a significant improvement over the 32% that he shot as a freshman, but only 19% of his 2013-14 shot attempts were threes …  He is fairly effective shooting off screens from mid-range, but his step-back, fade-away, and spin jumpers could use refinement…  Often gets swallowed up under the basket and struggles to finish through the contact. According to Hoop-Math.com, 43 percent Carson’s shots came at the rim, but he converted a less-than-stellar 52 percent of those attempts …  Averaged 4 turnovers per 40 min.  The turnovers are usually due to driving out of control or lapses in attention –– he’ll occasionally have his pocket picked or have a lazy pass intercepted … His lack of height also contributes to his turnover woes, as he is easily smothered by double-teams … Greatly limited by his lack of size on the defensive side of the ball. Opposing guards can easily shoot over him or post him up … Considering his speed and quickness, he gets beat off the dribble more than you would think he would, and he often gets caught up in screens. Not an overly aggressive defender, seemingly disinterested at times, and his theft numbers (.8 steals per 40 min.) are well below average for a guard with his physical skills …
Notes: Measured 5’11 (in shoes) 179 lbs, with a 6’1 wingspan at the 2013 Nike Guard Skills Academy … Carson appears to be a bit immature. His effort is inconsistent, his attention wanes, and his decision-making is questionable. For example, he nearly cost his team a crucial victory over bitter rival Arizona (ranked 2nd in the country at the time) by dunking and hanging on the rim when he simply could have dribbled and allowed time to run out.  Luckily for the Sun Devils, ASU students rushed the floor before time expired, and the refs were much more concerned with clearing the floor and resetting the clock than calling a technical on Carson.  ASU won in double overtime, 69-66…  Carson is a redshirt sophomore because he was forced to sit out his first season at ASU due to academic issues …
Outlook: Carson is an excellent athlete, who is at a considerable disadvantage due to his lack of size … To make it at the next level, he must significantly improve in the areas of shooting, ball security, and on-the-ball defense …  It is especially critical for Carson to develop consistency and confidence in his 3-pointer because defenses already dare him to shoot … If he does make strides in those areas, it is not difficult to see him becoming a spark off the bench (see Nate Robinson), but anything more than that is unlikely … Carson has enough upside to make him worthy of a second-round pick, but any team who drafts him will have to be patient …

Richard Harris 5/19/14

YouTube Clip – 9/25/2010


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