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Nick Johnson

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 198
  • Birthdate: 12/22/1992
  • College: Arizona
Round 2: Pick 42
Drafted By: Houston Rockets 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Great defender
  • Good passer
  • Great athlete
  • Solid 3-point shooter

 

Weaknesses

  • Undersized for an NBA two guard

 

NBA projection: Johnson has been projected by draft analysts as a second-round pick.

 

2013-14 Season

Johnson landed on several All-America teams, was voted the Pac-12 Player of the Year, first-team All-Pac-12 and to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team after leading his team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament.

 

Key statistics: 16.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.6 tpg, 33.0 mpg, .432 FG, .367 3PT, .781 FT

 

Cool statistic: Johnson scored 618 points this season, the most of any player in coach Sean Miller’s five seasons at Arizona.

 

Reminds me of: Dennis Johnson

 

What Insiders Say

Arizona coach Sean Miller

“Nick embodies all of the qualities you want in a player. He’s extremely unselfish, plays both ends of the floor and always thinks about winning first. He’s made a meteoric improvement across the board in his time at Arizona, and that stems from his unbelievable attitude and his desire to be a great player.”

 

What Outsiders Say

NBA Northwest Division executive

"I love what he brings on the defensive end. He's tough, physical, good feet, takes pride in guarding.”

 

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 Arizona's Nick Johnson doesn't have a twin pro prospect, but he does come from classic NBA bloodlines. His uncle was the late, great Celtics guard and Hall of Famer Dennis Johnson. DJ's nephew has picked up the gene that made him one of the toughest on-ball defenders of his era.

 

But Nick Johnson's all-around game is what made him a first-team all America selection by AP, the NABC and the United States Basketball Writers' Association. He led the Wildcats in scoring, scoring 20 or more 11 times this past season, teaming with fellow NBA prospect Aaron Gordon in leading Arizona to the Elite Eight. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch