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Mesa prep star Carson weighing options between NBA, soph. season at ASU

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Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 2:21 pm

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson is testing the NBA waters.

A decision on whether he's leaving the Sun Devils won't come for a couple of weeks.

Carson submitted paperwork for draft protection from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee on Monday, giving him an evaluation of his NBA potential without declaring for the draft.

The committee, made up of NBA executives, will provide feedback to Carson within the next two weeks, allowing him to make a decision about his future before the NCAA's April 16 deadline for withdrawing his draft application and keep his eligibility.

"At this time my family and I decided that it was in our best interest to receive an evaluation from NBA personnel through the proper channels," Carson said in a statement.

"I am submitting paperwork through Arizona State to the NBA and will use the next two weeks to make a decision. We look forward to the opportunity to receive feedback from people with great knowledge on the subject and once we evaluate our situation will make an educated decision.

Carson was one of the biggest in-state recruits in Arizona State history and lived up to the hype after sitting out last season for failing to meet the NCAA's academic standards.

Confident and quick, Carson led the Sun Devils in scoring at 18.5 points and 5.1 assists, having no trouble with the role as a team leader despite being a redshirt freshman.

The 5-foot-10 point guard became one of the nation's best point guards and was selected the Pac-12's co-freshman of the year with UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad after having some huge games for Arizona State, including a freshman-record 34 points against Stanford in the Pac-12 tournament.

"We have been super supportive of Jahii and his family since the day we started recruiting him and today is no different," Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said. "With his play this year, there is no surprise here. We look forward to working with him on this just like we do every day on the court, in the film room or in the weight room."

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