TEMPE, Ariz. -- It should come as no surprise to learn Jahii Carson desperately wanted to be on the floor last season amid the Arizona State men's basketball team's forgettable 10-21 campaign. He was widely regarded as the player to inject life into a struggling program but instead had to sit out a year while academically ineligible.
Carson used the lost season as a learning experience, pinpointing his own weaknesses and analyzing those of the team as a whole, and believes he emerged better prepared for the college level.
"I think I'll have a huge improvement," Carson said. "I have a year of weight room advantage. I have a year of analyzing the game. I think that I'll be a totally different player -- a totally more intelligent player and a better player."
ASU coach Herb Sendek admits the absence of Carson, ASU's most touted recruit since James Harden, was a significant blow, but he's quick to praise the way Carson used his time.
"Obviously we would have loved to have had him o...