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Updated Feb 5, 2013 - 3:45 pm

ASU coach Sendek: Jahii Carson is improving

Arizona State guard Jahii Carson (1) drives for a layup as Washington State guard Mike Ladd, left, gives chase during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman, Wash. Carson lead all scorers with 25 points as Arizona State won 63-59. (AP Photo/Dean Hare)

Arizona State point guard Jahii Carson is putting together one of the best freshman seasons in school history.

Carson, who was forced to sit last season out due to eligibility issues, is averaging 18.3 points, 5.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game for the surprising Sun Devils.

And, according to his coach, he's actually getting better.

"I think he continues to improve each and every day," ASU coach Herb Sendek told Arizona Sports 620's Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "I think he's in a great place with his confidence right now."

Sendek pointed to Carson taking fewer "difficult shots" at the basket and cutting down on turnovers as signs he's elevated his play.

"He played against a pressure-oriented defense at Washington, played almost the entire game with one turnover," he said. "If you go back to some of our non-conference games that's a dramatic improvement."

Carson turned the ball over 52 times in 13 non-conference games but has committed just 19 in nine Pac-12 contests.

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School: University of Arizona

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: Fall 2008, right before Cardinals Super Bowl run

Favorite sports memory: Being at Game 7 of the 2001 World Series with my dad

Favorite all-time athlete: Larry Centers

Favorite sports movies: The Sandlot, Rookie of the Year, Jerry Maguire

Most crushing sports moment: Grew up in Arizona and went to UA from 2002-06. In short, there are too many to name just one.

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