KANSAS CITY – University of Arizona junior guard Nick Johnson was recognized for his standout 2013-14 season by Division I coaches from around the nation on Wednesday when he was named a first-team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Johnson is the second UA player to earn NABC All-America honors under head coach Sean Miller – joining Derrick Williams in 2011 – but the Wildcats’ first first-team honoree since Miles Simon in 1998. With Johnson’s selection, 12 Arizona players have now combined to earn a total of 14 NABC All-America honors, including a total of six first-team accolades.
Johnson is the lone Pac-12 player on any of the three five-man NABC All-America teams. On Sunday, he was named one of four national finalists for the Naismith Trophy along with Doug McDermott of Creighton, Jabari Parker of Duke and Louisville’s Russ Smith.
Johnson, who has also been named a first-team All-American by both the Sporting News and the USBWA, leads Arizona in scoring (16.3) and ranks second on the team in assists (2.8) and steals (1.2). He is shooting 44.3 percent from the floor and 7692 percent from the free throw line, while averaging a career-high 3.9 rebounds and posting a 1.63 assist-to-turnover ratio to help lead the Wildcats to their second regular-season Pac-12 title in the last four years.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native has reached the 20-point mark a team-high 11 times on the year and has one double-double. He became the 48th member of Arizona’s 1,000-point club in mid-January, scoring in double figures in 33 of 36 games. His 587 points on the season mark the second-best single-season total in Miller’s tenure.
Last week, Johnson averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 60.0 percent from beyond the arc, to lead the Wildcats out of San Diego and into the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row and third time in four seasons.
He currently ranks eighth in the Pac-12 overall ranking in scoring (16.3), ninth in three-point field goals per game (1.7), 12th in steals per game (1.2) 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 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 both the Wooden Award and Robertson Trophy.
In addition to helping lead Arizona to the regular-season Pac-12 title and the Pac-12 Tournament championship game, Johnson has 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 currently ranks second on the program’s single-season wins list.
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