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Jahii Carson one of eight finalists for National Freshman Of The Year


March 05, 2013

Sun Devil Jahii Carson has been named one of eight finalists for the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award.


He is joined by Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Garry Harris (Michigan State), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) and Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke).


JAHII'S GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS


DIFFERENT WAY OF SAYING MARRIOTT POINTS
Is there a better Pac-12 road player than Jahii Carson? Heck is there a better conference road player in America? In eight conference road games Jahii is averaging 21.5 points in 38.5 minutes and is shooting .522 (70-of-134) from the floor and has six 20-point games...crazy numbers for Jahii in the second half only of Pac-12 road games are 13.3 points, 40-of-71 from the floor (.563), 19-of-25 (.760) from the free throw line and 7-of-12 (.583) from three.


PAC-12 20-POINT GAMES IN 2012-13
Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 14
Allen Crabbe, California, 13
C.J. Wilcox, Washington, 13


WHERE JAHII RANKS AMONG FRESHMEN NATIONALLY (LEADER IN PARENTHESES)
SCORING: 2nd/17.8 (Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 18.3)
MINUTES PER GAME: 2nd/36.9 (Siyani Chambers, Harvard, 37.8)
FREE THROWS MADE: 3rd/124 (Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 135)
FREE THROWS ATTEMPTED: T-4th/173 (Gee McGree, Chattanooga, 195)
ASSISTS: 7th/5.0 (Siyani Chambers, Harvard, 5.85)


ASSISTS
Sun Devil Jahii Carson has 151 assists, as only 10 Pac-12 freshmen have notched more. The list is below, and none of them averaged more than the 13.5 points per game Mike Bibby did in 1996-97...with three more assists, he will pass Jordan Farmer for tenth on the list and his 154 assists will be the most by a Pac-12 freshmen since Jason Garner had 162 in 1999-2000...his 151 assists is tenth on the Sun Devil single-season list (freshman record). Next up is Bobby Thompson (152 in 1984-85), Lynn Collins (156 in 1990-91) and Derek Glasser (158 in 2009-10 and 162 in 2008-09).


FRESHMEN WITH 150 ASSISTS AT PAC-12 SCHOOLS/POINTS PER GAME
1. 229, Gary Payton, Oregon State, 1986-87; 7.6 apg/12.5 ppg.
2. 222, Jason Kidd, California, 1992-93; 7.7 apg./13.0 ppg.
3. 197, Russell Brown, Arizona, 1977-78; 7.6 apg/5.8 ppg.
4. 179, Pooh Richardson, UCLA, 1985-86; 6.2 apg/10.6 ppg.
5. 178, Mike Bibby, Arizona, 1996-97; 5.2 apg/13.5 ppg.
6. 175, Jelani Gardner, California, 1994-95; 6.5 apg/10.7 ppg.
7. 175, Kenya Wilkins, Oregon, 1993-94; 5.3 apg/11.5 ppg.
8. 162, Jason Gardner, Arizona, 1999-2000; 4.8 apg/12.6 ppg.
9. 161, Baron Davis, UCLA, 1997-98; 5.0 apg./11.7 ppg.
10. 153, Jordan Farmar, UCLA, 2004-05; 5.3 apg./13.2 ppg.
11. 151, Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 2012-13; 5.0 apg./17.8 ppg.


NOTE ON JAHII'S NUMBERS
Jahii Carson is averaging 17.8 points and 5.0 assists through 30 games this year. Only one freshman in the past sixteen years has averaged 17 points and five assists, as Ben Woodside produced those digits in 2005-06 for North Dakota State (17.5 points and 5.1 assists). Previous to Woodside, the last freshmen to notch those digits was Shaheen Holloway of Seton Hall back in 1996-97, when he finished at 17.3 points per game and 6.3 assists.


DON'T WANT TO FORGET THIS
In ASU's Feb. 2 96-92 loss at Washington, Jahii Carson gave the Huskies 32 points, tied for fourth-most by a freshmen in a Pac-12 road game. Only O.J. Mayo (twice) and Roberto Nelson of Oregon State have had more. Jahii had 22 points in the second half (8-of-14 from floor) with three assists, two steals and no turnovers and his stats in the final 5:01 were ridiculous: 12 points, two assists, one steal and perfect in two three-pointers and four free throws and he had his first dunk.


TOP FRESHMEN ROAD SCORING GAMES IN PAC-12 HISTORY
37, O.J. Mayo, USC at ASU, Mar. 1, 2008
34, Roberto Nelson, Oregon State at ASU, Mar. 5, 2011
34, O.J. Mayo, USC at Cal, Jan. 3, 2008
32, Jahii Carson, ASU at Washington, Feb. 2, 2013
32, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California at WSU, Jan. 25, 1996


#FUN2CJAHII
Jahii Carson is averaging a Pac-12 best 36.9 minutes per game, the best mark by a freshman in Sun Devil history (the Beard lighting up NBA averaged 34.1 in 2007-08) and most by a Pac-12 frosh since O.J. Mayo averaged 36.9 in 2007-08. How does that compare to other freshman this year? No Pac-12 freshman is averaging more than 30.9 minutes per game (Jordan Loveridge of Utah is at 30.9)...has set the school freshman mark for assists with 151, breaking the 28-year old mark of 114 set by Bobby Thompson in 1983-8....has 14 20-point games, the only Sun Devil freshmen with more is James Harden (16 in 2007-08)...in 11 games away from home Jahii is averaging 21.7 points, 4.4 assists, 38.1 minutes and is shooting 52.3 percent (92-of-176).


PAC-12 FRESHMAN SCORING LIST
1. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Cal, 1995-96, 21.1
2. O.J. Mayo, USC, 2007-08, 20.7
3. Harold Miner, USC, 1989-90, 20.6
4. Jerryd Bayless, Arizona, 2007-08, 19.7
5. Ike Diogu, Arizona State, 2002-03, 19.0
6. Don McLean, UCLA, 1988-89, 18.6
7. Cliff Robinson, USC, 1977-78, 18.4
8. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 2012-13, 18.3
9. Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 2012-13, 17.8
9. James Harden, Arizona State, 2007-08, 17.8
11. Tom Lewis, USC, 1985-86, 17.6
12. Kevin Love, UCLA, 2007-08, 17.5


MORE ROAD GAME NOTES
Jahii Carson, with 20 points at Oregon State (Jan. 10) and at Oregon (Jan. 13), became the first Sun Devil freshman to get back-to-back 20-point games on a Pac-12 road trip since Steve Beck in the Bay Area on March 1-3, 1984. Beck had four 20-point games in Pac-12 road games, as did James Harden (2007-08), Ike Diogu (2002-03) and Jamal Faulkner (1990-91), but none of that trio did it on the same Pac-12 road weekend. Jahii has six 20-point games in eight Pac-12 road games.