Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for Nick Johnson. The junior guard is the Pac-12 player of the year after an incredible season in which he averaged career highs of 16.1 points and 4 rebounds per game.
Johnson is the second Pac-12 player of the year under head coach Sean Miller, Derrick Williams in 2010-11 being the other. Johnson is also the third Arizona player to win the award since the 1998-99 season, when Jason Terry brought home the honor his senior year.
Not that you need another reason to love Nick Johnson, but his Pac-12 POY award gives Arizona the conference’s most in history with 8 (1988, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2011, 2014). UCLA has 7 (1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1995†, 2007, 2008), as does California (1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2010, 2012, 2013). Arizona joined the conference in 1978 while UCLA and Cal joined in 1959.
In leading the conference’s top team to arguably the best body of work in the country, Johnson was the clear choice for the award as Arizona should gain a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Johnson also led Arizona with 10 games scoring 20 or more points.
It wasn’t long ago that PointGuardU.com was watching Johnson play for the Oakland Soldiers AAU team and one of the best high school programs in the country, Findlay Prep, in Henderson, Nevada. His evolution as a player has been remarkable and he embodies the most positive aspects of what it means to be a student-athlete. Congratulations to Nick Johnson on etching his name in conference history forever.