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Arizona State's Jahii Carson is player 'to pay to see'

Carson is starting to earn national recognition for his strong start to the year.

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

There have been quite a few early storylines in the Pac-12 that have captured the attention of the national media. Will UCLA figure out their struggles? Is Arizona truly a top-10 program once again? Is Colorado a legitimate threat for the conference crown?

While none of these stories have really surprised anyone, one of the standout players in the Pac-12 is ASU's Jahii Carson. After sitting out last year as a partial academic qualifier, Carson has taken the reins in Tempe and has transformed the Sun Devils. After years of struggling to get the ball up and down the court, the undersized guard from Mesa has Arizona State averaging an impressive 18 points and 5.4 assists a game.

In a recent ESPN article, staff writer Jason King wrote that Carson is a player he would "pay to see". This may not seem like a great accolade, but when you consider King could've picked any player in the nation, it speaks volumes to what Carson has been able to accomplish the past month.

Through eight games, Carson is averaging 18.3 points, 5.4 assists and a little more than three rebounds. The Sun Devils will face Cal State Northridge on Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.