By Jordan Whitley, College Basketball Insider, @JordanWhitley
VIDEO: When Joe Burton steps onto the court this Thursday night, his friend Jahii Carson becomes foe.
Carson, the red shirt freshman guard who's re-energized the Sun Devils with his speed and electricity, came oh-so-close to being a Beaver prior to the 2011 season before de-committing to the progam.
"Yeah we still talk and text a lot," says Burton, but when he comes to Gill "I don't know him."
Jahii and Joe's relationship goes back to prep days, when they were team mates on the Compton Magic. "It's the best travel team in the country...Compton Magic is family for life."
For Coach Robinson, he doesn't plan to let the emotions of a losing someone in 2011 affect him Thursday night. "I coach the guys who are in this locker room, and we win or lose together."
It will be interesting to see if emotions get to Carson, who's admitted that he "committed too early." The emotions, if any, are over a year in the making, as he had to sit out last season due to academic ineligibility. To boot, this is his first time back at Gill since a high school visit.
Mind games aside, Carson comes in as the number one weapon the Beavers must contain, averaging 16.7 point per game and leading the Pac-12 in minutes.
What to the Beavers have to do to stop him?
"Keep him from scoring," Joe says, and a telling grin spreads slowly across his face.
Check back tomorrow for a full scouting report from Coach Robinson and players.