ATLANTA – Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson was named one of 10 national semifinalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T in an announcement by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Johnson is the lone Pac-12 representative on the 10-player list, which will be trimmed to four on March 23.
Johnson has evolved into one of the nation’s top all-around players this season, leading Arizona in scoring at 16.2 points per game and ranking second on the team with averages of 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per contest. He is shooting career bests of 45.1 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the free throw line, averages a career-high 3.9 rebounds per game and has a 1.52 assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native has reached the 20-point mark a team-high nine times on the season, and became the 48th member of UA’s 1,000-point club in mid-January.
He was the Most Outstanding Player at the NIT Season Tip-Off, and was named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy on Thursday.
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Naismith Trophy semifinalists
Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Nick Johnson, Arizona
Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Jabari Parker, Duke
Julius Randle, Kentucky
Russ Smith, Louisville
Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas