Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson has been named Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Here is an excerpt from the release:
The Mesa, Ariz., native led the Wildcats to its record-tying fourth NIT Season Tip-Off championship, taking home tournament Most Outstanding Player honors in recognition of his honors. Johnson averaged 17.5 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and 3.5 assists per game over the course of the week at Madison Square Garden. In the 66-62 win over Drexel, the junior guard shot 5-of-12 from the field, including the transition layup that gave Arizona its first lead of the game, and had a team-high four assists along with five rebounds. Against Duke, Johnson contributed on both sides of the ball, going 4-of-10 from field-goal range and 2-of-6 in three-point field goals while adding two rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Thirteen of his 15 total points came in the second half of the game to secure the 72-66 victory and give UA the tournament championship.
It was Johnson’s first weekly award and the Wildcats’ conference-leading 86th all-time selection.
Also nominated were California guard Justin Cobbs, Colorado forward Josh Scott, Oregon guard Johnathan Lloyd, Oregon State forward Devon Collier, Stanford forward Dwight Powell, UCLA guard/forward Kyle Anderson, USC guard Pe’Shon Howard, Washington guard C.J. Wilcox and Washington State guard DaVonte Lacy.
The Wildcats, who were ranked No. 2 in Monday’s AP Poll, return to action Tuesday against Texas Tech. The game will begin at 7 p.m. MST and be broadcast live on the Pac-12 Networks.