ASU MEN'S BASKETBALL
The room was packed and the atmosphere tense as season ticket holders and media alike clung to his every word as Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson announced that he will remain a Sun Devil through at least his sophomore season at a press conference Monday night.
“I’ve just decided to continue my career as a Sun Devil,” Carson said. “it was really more my decision, I got positive feedback I was happy with everything I just thought it was the best thing for me to come back.”
The Mesa High product averaged 18.5 points, 5.1 assists, and 37.2 minutes per game on his way to earning Pac-12 co- freshman of the year with UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad.
“I also looked at the guys who had been successful in college as well and took that into consideration when making my decision,” Carson said.
ASU head coach Herb Sendek’s already large coaching tree is now expanding. Cal State Fullerton will name Arizona State assistant Dedrique Taylor as its next head coach according to ESPN.com reports.
Taylor joined the Sun Devils in 2006, the same time ASU hired Herb Sendek. The Sun Devils went 120-109 during Taylor’s time at ASU. He will become the ninth assistant coach under Herb Sendek to become head coach at another division one basketball program.
The ASU basketball program has been a roller coaster during Taylor’s stay in Tempe. The Sun Devils only garnered eight wins in Taylor’s first year but saw tremendous success with the addition of James Harden. ASU then fell off once again before Jahii Carson arrived on campus, and that story is unfinished.
Running, gunning, and executing, an excited ASU basketball team buried a Detroit Titans squad one year removed from the NCAA tournament. Known for their propensity to lose late leads, the Sun Devils kept shoveling dirt onto the grave at the times when Detroit tried to come back Wednesday night.
The Sun Devils prevailed 83-68, and that margin of victory pretty well summed up this NIT first round game.
Coming into the matchup, there was some thought the Horizon League Player of the Year Ray McCallum Jr. would put up big numbers that could keep this contest close. However, it was apparent early on that ASU was ready to come out and beat down this mid-major school the way a power conference team should.