It’s not often an athlete gets a chance to play for a professional sports team from their hometown. For Jahii Carson, that possibility may not be to out of the question after he worked out for the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Carson, a native of Mesa, Arizona, was asked about the possibility of going to the Suns on draft night and the team shared his thoughts via Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
“My grandma is a huge Suns fan… It’d be a dream to be drafted by this organization.” – Jahii Carson after #SunsDraft Workout
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) May 28, 2014
The Suns have already scheduled a number of workouts with prospective players for the 2014 NBA Draft as they currently will pick 14th, 18th, 27th, and 50th in June. Jahii Carson declared for the draft after his sophomore season with the Arizona State Sun Devils, where he led the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Carson is considered a possible second round draft choice, but could sneak into the first round with a lower number of point guards available in this year’s draft pool. Carson is already well known around Arizona after setting school records for points and assists per game at Mesa High School.
The Suns may shop their picks when the draft arrives as it is rare to see an NBA team consist of four rookies, however the team could be on the market for another point guard with Eric Bledsoe entering restricted free agency and the Suns holding a team option on backup guard Ish Smith. Even with the hometown connection, Phoenix may find a better alternative with Carson, who is considered undersized at only 5’11″.