So did Jahii Carson give up on UA, did UA give up on him, or was Carson really leaning toward ASU all along?

The answer may be somewhere in between. Here's a chronological listing of events that could shed some light on the surprising recruiting developments of the week:

Tuesday: Carson's mother, Vanae, announces he has scheduled official visits to Arizona, UNLV and Washington, with St. John's and UCLA outside possibilities.

Wednesday: Nick Johnson commits to Arizona, prompting Sean Miller to head back to the office instead of taking his family to a John Mayer concert in Phoenix.

Though I could not reach Johnson or Carson this week, Johnson told that he was looking forward to recruiting other players to bring with him, including Josiah Turner. He did not mention Carson.

According to Vanae Carson, UA assistant coach James Whitford sends her a text message saying UA still wanted to recruit her son and still wanted a point guard.

Thursday: Vanae Carson said Johnson's decision would have no bearing on her son's decision and Carson tells the Arizona Republic that he could play with Johnson if he decided to go to UA.

Saturday: Carson attends a workout at ASU and decides to commit to the Sun Devils. Vanae Carson says her son was aware that Johnson did not mention Jahii when discussing players he'd like to bring with him.

"Nick's comment was that he wanted to recruit a high level point guard and he started talking about bringing in other high level players," Vanae Carson said. "That kind of says in a roundabout way that he doesn't consider Jahii in a league with those guys or he doesn't want to play with him."

However, Vanae Carson said the comment probably didn't make a whole lot of difference, and that Jahii was mostly interested in ASU because it needed him more. She said he also was impressed with Saturday's workout.

"I think he started to look at the fact that U of A had Momo Jones and Jordin Mayes already, so you start to look at how that plays out," she said. "Then Nick comes in and they're still going to recruit a point guard. And Nick wants to play the point."

After her son's commitment, Vanae Carson said, Sean Miller sent her a congratulatory text message. She said Miller is a "great guy" and likes Miller and ASU coach Herb Sendek equally.

"I am completely satisfied with Jahii's decision," she said. "He was probably more 90 percent ASU and I was 90 percent more U of A, and I had to support my son's decision. ... I'm happy to see both kids stay at home, the top two in 2011 in the state of Arizona. I don't think Arizona as a state can lose."


Carson told the Republic that he wanted to play in front of his grandmother and that Sendek "keeps it real," among other reasons for picking ASU.


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