TEMPE, Ariz. Jahii Carson has seen Nick Johnson do some pretty amazing things.
"Eight, nine years old, touching backboard and stuff," Carson recalled.
Johnson still has the hops and Carson the ball-handling skills that they began to develop as teammates with the Arizona Stars, a Phoenix-area AAU team. More than a dozen years later, the two will oppose each other for the first time in college when Johnson and No. 7 Arizona (15-1) meet Carson and Arizona State (14-3) on Saturday afternoon.
"He was always cool. He was always athletic. Just crazy the things he could do. Its exciting for me to see how good he is doing and how well he is holding his composure being on his team," Carson said as he prepared for his first intrastate rivalry game.
Born less than four months apart, Carson and Johnson were almost inseparable on the Phoenix basketball circuit, linked by their standout talent. They played on the same team in summer ball. They attended the same camps. They played on all-star ...