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Arizona State guard Jahii Carson declares for NBA draft

Jahii Carson earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors as a sophomore. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images) Jahii Carson earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors as a freshman and sophomore. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

Arizona State sophomore guard Jahii Carson officially declared his intention to enter this year's NBA draft on Wednesday.

Carson, a two-time All-Pac-12 first team selection, averaged 18.6 points 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds this season while leading the Sun Devils to a 21-12 record and their first NCAA appearance since 2009. He earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 18.5 points and 5.1 assists in 2012-13.

Carson made his announcement via Twitter and a press release from the school.

“After discussing all my options with my family, teammates and coaches, I have decided to enter the 2014 NBA Draft,” Carson announced. “My time at ASU has helped me mature as a student, athlete and person and has prepared me to take this next step in my career. I cannot thank Coach Sendek enough for allowing me to be a part of such an incredible Sun Devils community and I look forward to cheering on my teammates and all their future success.”

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Arizona State coach Herb Sendek said via the press release that he and Carson discussed his options and decision, and wished him well:

“Jahii and I discussed his decision to enter the NBA Draft, and while our program will miss him, I know he is ready to start his professional career,” said Sendek. “Jahii made an incredible impact on our program over the past two seasons and was a huge part of the success we achieved as a team. I know I speak for the entire Sun Devils community when I say we are wishing Jahii and his family all the best in the future.”

The decision was expected after Carson and Sendek acknowledged his departure early last month.

Carson has been projected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick.

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