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Johnson Named First-Team Wooden All-American
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 31, 2014
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LOS ANGELES University of Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson added to his lengthy list of postseason honors on Monday when he was tabbed as a first-team selection on the John R. Wooden Award Men’s All-America Team in a release by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Johnson is the second UA player to earn first-team Wooden Award All-America honors under head coach Sean Miller, joining Derrick Williams in 2011. Johnson is the ninth Arizona player to earn first-team All-America distinction from the Wooden Award committee.

Johnson, who has also been named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News, the NABC and the USBWA, led Arizona in scoring (16.3) and ranked second on the team in assists (2.8) and steals (1.1). He shot 43.2 percent from the floor and 78.1 percent from the free throw line, while averaging a career-high 4.1 rebounds and posting a 1.67 assist-to-turnover ratio to help lead the Wildcats to their second regular-season Pac-12 title and Elite Eight appearance in the last four years.

The Gilbert, Ariz., native reached the 20-point mark a team-high 11 times on the year and had one double-double. He became the 48th member of Arizona’s 1,000-point club in mid-January, scoring in double figures in 35 of 38 games this season. His 618 points on the season marked the second-best single-season total in Miller’s tenure.

He ranked eighth in the Pac-12 overall ranking in scoring (16.3), 11th in three-point field goals per game (1.6), 14th in steals per game (1.1) and 14th in assists per game (2.8). He finished the conference season ranked 10th in scoring (16.2), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), seventh in steals per game (1.5) and 14th in assists per game (3.0) in Pac-12 games.

Johnson has also been named Pac-12 Player of the Year, first-team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, USBWA District IX Player of the Year and first-team USBWA All-District 20 in recognition of his efforts. He was the Most Outstanding Player at the NIT Season Tip-Off and a member of the Pac-12 Tournament All-Tournament Team, and has also been named a finalist for the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Robertson Trophy.

In addition to helping lead Arizona to the regular-season Pac-12 title and the Elite Eight, Johnson helped Arizona top the AP poll for a program-record eight-consecutive weeks this season. This year’s UA team posted the best start (21-0) and longest winning streak (21 games) in program history, and ranked second on the program’s single-season wins list (33).

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