UCLA Bruins’ Shabazz Muhammad may have been the most highly rated freshman coming into the Pac-12 for the 2012-13 college basketball season, but there is another freshman that managed to put up more points than him. Don’t get me wrong, Muhammad was great this season, but Arizona State Sun Devils’ Jahii Carson scored more points on average. With that said, Carson will have a lot of hype entering the 2013-14 season, but how can he increase his draft stock?
Just for the record, Muhammad averaged 17.9 points per game, while Carson put up 18.5 points per game. That is clearly not a big difference, but still.
Carson’s draft stock is all over the place at this point, but he still is being projected to go in the mid first round to the beginning of the second round. That is, of course, for the 2014 NBA Draft, but there is no guarantee that he will actually declare for that draft.
Putting up 25 points per game would be nice, but who knows if that will happen. What Carson can do, though, is help get his team into the 2014 NCAA Tournament. A deep run in the dance would be the icing on the cake, or whatever desert you prefer.
Carson could also get better from behind the arc, since he did only make 33 threes, with an average of 32 percent from deep range.
His 5.1 assists per game was pretty good and his 3.7 assists per game shows that he can rebound, despite the fact that he is only 5’10”. His size will likely hurt his stock, but if you’re good, you’re good.
Carson will enter the season with a lot of hype and if he performs at the same level or higher, his stock should definitely increase.
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