No. 13 Nick Johnson
Weight: 200 pounds
Hometown: Gilbert, Ariz.
High School: Findlay College Prep (Henderson, Nev.)
11.5 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, 1.9 steals per game, 44.8 field goal percentage
After solid freshman and sophomore seasons, Arizona Wildcats fans are hoping that junior guard Nick Johnson can break out and establish himself as one of the best players in the country. With the departures of leading scorers Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill, this year might be the year.
Johnson has already earned a reputation as one of the nation’s elite defenders, averaging nearly four rebounds and two steals per game last season. He posted these stats despite often being assigned the task of defending the opponent’s best player.
At only 6-foot-3, Johnson makes up for a lack of size with his freakish athletic ability. Last season, Johnson posted 20 blocks out of the shooting guard position, including this game-saving rejection against San Diego State.
While his defense has been great, the Wildcats will need more out of Johnson on offense if they want to be successful.
Last year, the Wildcats finished 50th in the country in 3-point percentage and lost three of their top four 3-point shooters – Hill, Grant Jerrett and Kevin Parrom. Johnson, who was third on the team last season, shot under 40 percent from 3-point range, which didn’t rank among the top-100 shooters in the country. The Wildcats are hoping that Johnson will improve this number and become their go-to shooter.
In just two seasons, Johnson has already established himself as a fan-favorite in the Wildcats’ community. As an upperclassmen, he’ll also have to become a favorite in the locker room.
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