JACKRABBIT JAHII CARSON UP FOR NCAA FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - JAHII
BY THE NUMBERS
ONE other player in the nation is averaging what Jahii is in terms of
minutes (36.5), points (17.3) and assists (5.5)...senior Nate Wolters of
South Dakota State (37.5/21.0/5.7).
2--Early this year Jahii became just
the second ASU freshman to notch four straight 20-point games as James
Harden had five straight from Dec. 29, 2007 to Jan. 17, 2008.
6--Jahii needs just SIX assists to
break the school freshman mark for assists of 114 held by Bobby Thompson
9--Jahii notched his ninth 20-point
game of the season with 21 points vs. USC on Jan. 24. James Harden set ASU
freshmen record with 16 in 2007-08, while Ike Diogu had 12 in 2002-03.
10.3--Jahii is averaging 10.3 points
in the second half of all games including 68-of-88 (.773) from the free
19--Jahii is averaging 19 points and
5.6 assists in the past five games.
20, 20--Jahii, 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.
36.5--Jahii is averaging a Pac-12 best
36.5 minutes per game, the best mark by a freshman in Sun Devil history
(dude with the Beard lighting up the NBA averaged 34.1 in 2007-08) and
most by a Pac-12 frosh since O.J. Mayo averaged 36.9 in 2007-08. Jahii is
second in the nation in minutes per game by a freshman, trailing only
Harvard's Siyani Chambers (37.7).
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN TOP POINTS PER GAME
1. 19.0 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03
2. 17.8 - James Harden, 2007-08
3. 17.3 - Jahii Carson, 2012-13
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN TOP MINUTES PER GAME
1. 36.5 - Jahii Carson, 2012-13 (leads Pac-12)
2. 34.1 - James Harden, 2007-08
3. 32.7 - Ty Abbott, 2007-08
4. 32.3 - Byron Scott, 1979-80
5. 32.2 - Ike Diogu, 2002-03
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN WITH 100 ASSISTS
114 - Bobby Thompson, 1984
110 - James Harden, 2008
109 - Jahii Carson, 2012-13
SUN DEVIL FRESHMEN 20-POINT GAMES (1972-2013)
James Harden, 2007-08, 16
Ike Diogu, 2002-03, 12
Jahii Carson, 2012-13, 9
JAHII'S 20-POINT GAMES
30 vs. #14 Creighton @Las Vegas (11/24/12)
22 vs. #7 Arizona (1/19/13)
21 vs. USC (1/24/13)
21 vs. Cal State Northridge (12/8/12)
21 vs. Cornell (11/20/12)
20 at Oregon (1/13/13)
20 at Oregon State (1/10/13)
20 vs. Hartford (12/5/12)
20 vs. Florida A&M (11/18/12)
HIGH ALUMNI WHO HAVE GONE ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL -
Jackrabbit tradition is rich with All-State players, Player
of the Year winners and those that have gone on to excel at the next
level, including some that have played in professional leagues around the
world. They include David Van Dyke, Lee Cummard, Aaron Fuller, Graham
Hatch, Donte Medder, Michael Crowell and Hakeem Rollins. Read about these
former Jackrabbits on the
BASKETBALL RECORDS -
Check out the individual
game, individual season and individual career records on the
Photography courtesy of Darren Eyring
2013 TOURNAMENT INVITE - (September 21, 2012) Mesa High
has been invited and has committed to play in the 2013 State Farm Classic
in Bloomington Illinois! We are very excited to be invited to such a
prestigious and well-run tournament!
CONGRATS TO COACH
BURCAR AND SIX JACKRABBITS FOR ALL DISTRICT HONORS
Coach of the Year: Shane Burcar, Mesa
Player of the Year: Payton Dastrup, Mountain View
D.J. Henderson, Mesa
Isaac Allen, Mesa
Travis Meeker, Red Mountain
Jaron Hopkins, Dobson
Ryan Richardson, Dobson
Christian Harris, Mesa
Jalen Jenkins, Mesa
Andy Sessions, Red Mountain
Brian Butler, Mountain View
Kodi Justice, Dobson
Jordan Lee, Skyline
Dan Richards, Mesa
Felipe Velazco, Mesa
Derek Rojas, Red Mountain
Rock Shill, Mountain View
Brian Nichols, Dobson
Shomari Gilliam, Westwood
Josh Brown, Westwood
Mike Sheridan, Skyline
JACKRABBITS FALL JUST SHORT IN THE
RUN TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP #14
By Mark Heller, Special to Tribune-February 16, 2013
Rhymes called it "taking the air out of the ball," and Mesa can attest to
what Rhymes meant.
The Desert Mountain junior point guard's shooting and quick-hitting
penetration helped take the air out of the Mesa offense, but the captain
spoke of his team's methodical, grinding defense.
No. 5 Desert Mountain's 64-51 victory over No. 4 Mesa in the Division I
boys basketball state tournament quarterfinals on Tuesday began on the
other end of the court, and the Wolves' point guard turned those stops
into scores early and often.
In doing so, Desert Mountain will play in its second state tournament
semifinal in the past three years on Thursday at 7:45 p.m. at Wells Fargo
"We stayed disciplined and that was huge," said Rhymes after his 22-point
afternoon. "We stayed with what we do. (Mesa) wanted more of a track meet
and we didn't want that."
Desert Mountain got what it wanted. The Wolves' defense held Mesa's
transition game and took away any fast-break opportunities and turned the
game into a 5-on-5 matchup on nearly every possession.
"We guarded them the way we like to guard ourselves (in practice)," Wolves
coach Todd Fazio said.
Mesa missed its first seven shots of the game, guard D.J. Henderson (16
points per game) was held to three points and Christian Harris finished
Stung in-part by some foul trouble on Mesa's interior, Desert Mountain
forward Mark Andrews took advantage with Rhymes' penetration and offensive
rebounding en route to a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds.
Mesa was held to six points in the first quarter and trailed 25-12 at
halftime. The Jackrabbits made a run early in the third quarter behind
Jalen Jenkins (13 points) and Dan Richards (14 points), but the Wolves
countered those short runs with Rhymes and Andrews.
"They played a good game and beat us," Mesa coach Shane Burcar said. "We
got outplayed, outcoached, they made shots and we didn't. It's tough to
win with 12 points (at halftime) and we put ourselves in a hole right
"You get down by so much we couldn't get into a game we wanted to play."
Led by Andrews (8-for-8), the Wolves furthered their cause by hitting 20
of 24 free throws.
But Rhymes, who played his freshman year at St. Mary's before transferring
to Desert Mountain and sitting out last year, controlled the game with his
drives and passing when Mesa defenders would move over to help.
But he also hit a couple 3-pointesr and a couple other mid-range jump
shots when given a cushion, a difference from a year ago or even earlier
in the season.
"It took him a little while but he's figuring it out," Fazio said of his
point guard. "He's a basketball player now."
Former Jackrabbit Making Us
JAHII CARSON SHOW (By
Pat Marrujo - COLLEGE TIMES ) -
(February 7, 2012) Coming into the 2012-2013 season, Sun Devil fans
heard a lot about Jahii Carson.
The freshman point guard was one of the biggest recruits in the country
two years ago but had to sit out last season due to academic
His playmaking ability, vertical jump and ability to score on the drive
gave him the potential to be a superstar.
The crazy thing is, despite the high expectations, Carson lived up to the
Better yet, he exceeded it.
On February 2, Carson showed Sun Devil nation he was the star in way of
his 32-point performance on the road against the Washington Huskies.
Down by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Sun Devilsí chances
of winning looked slim to none.
However, behind their talented point guard, ASU slowly started to close
With 3:55 minutes left on the clock and his team down 82-76, Carson stole
the ball from the Washington point guard and darted down the court for a
About 25 seconds later Carson passed the ball to swingman Carrick Felix,
who hit a three pointer to bring the game within one point.
Then with just 17 seconds left on the clock, Carson showed once again why
he was the Devilsí go-to-guy.
Down 94-89 and with the game appearing to be out of reach, Carson took the
inbound pass, dribbled all the way up the court and then hit a pull-up
three from another zip code to pull his team within one scoring play.
Unfortunately it was the last basket Carson and Arizona State would score
that night, and the team would go to lose 96-92.
Even though his team lost, Carson proved he can carry a team.
When Carson is on the court, the Sun Devils look like a team that can
compete with anyone.
He moves them up and down the court with such speed that it is hard to
keep up with your eyes.
We havenít seen talent on the hardwood in Tempe since James Harden donned
the maroon and gold.
And much like Harden, donít expect Carson to play all four seasons at ASU.
A guy like him doesnít sit around for too long when he could be making
money in the NBA.
Before itís too late, find your way to Wells Fargo Arena and see the Jahii
Jahii Carson One Of 12
Freshman Named To Tisdale Award List
Mesa High School product is averaging 19 points and 5.6 assists in the
past five games.
(February 01, 2013) - The U.S. Basketball
Writers Association has selected Sun Devil Jahii Carson as of 12
outstanding first-year players for its 2013 Integris Wayman Tisdale Award
Midseason Watch List. Members of the association's board of directors
chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the
national freshman of the year award.
The award is to be presented to the national freshman of the year at the
Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15 at the National Cowboy
and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson Trophy
presented by Aflac and the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award will also be
presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA
Men's Final Four.
The other 11 players are: Kyle Anderson, UCLA; Isaiah Austin, Baylor;
Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Yogi Ferrell, Indiana; Ben McLemore, Kansas;
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Nerlens Noel, Kentucky; Glenn Robinson III,
Michigan; Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State; and Nik Stauskas, Michigan.
WHERE JAHII RANKS AMONG FRESHMEN
NATIONALLY (LEADER IN PARENTHESES)
THROWS MADE: 1st/91
THROWS ATTEMPTED: 1st/127
PER GAME: 2nd/36.5 (Siyani Chambers, Harvard, 37.7)
3rd/5.5 (Siyani Chambers, Harvard, 5.9)
4th/17.3 (Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 18.4)