TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona men’s basketball student-athletes Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon were named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list on Thursday in an announcement by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Arizona is one of five schools to post multiple representatives on the list, joining Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse and Wichita State.
Johnson and Gordon are also the only two Pac-12 players among the 23 student-athletes to make the midseason cut for the USBWA Player of the Year award.
Johnson, who recently became the 48th player in Arizona history to reach the 1,000-point mark, leads the Wildcats with an average of 16.3 points per game this season. He is shooting career highs of 49.7 percent from the field and 81.9 percent from the free throw line, and has reached the 20-point mark a team-high six times.
One of the nation’s most versatile players, the Gilbert, Ariz., native also has averages of 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off is a candidate for the NABC Good Works Team.
Johnson was not a member of the Robertson Trophy preseason watch list, but earned his way onto the list by virtue of his play this season for the nation’s top-ranked team. He is also on the midseason list for the John R. Wooden Award.
Gordon leads both Arizona and Pac-12 freshmen with an average of 7.8 rebounds per game, while ranking second on the UA roster at 12.4 points per outing. He has posted a team-high five double-doubles on the year and is shooting 50.6 percent from the floor.
The San Jose, Calif., native was recently named USA Basketball 2013 Male Athlete of the Year in recognition of his efforts at the FIBA U19 World Championship that resulted in a gold medal for the U.S. squad and individual tournament Most Valuable Player accolades. Gordon was named to the NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament in November and is a member of the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25.
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