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Nick's dad Joey could jump and touch the top of the backboard. Nick's dad Joey could jump and touch the top of the backboard.
Nick's uncle Dennis was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Nick's uncle Dennis was voted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Nick's mother Michelle rarely misses a game. Nick's mother Michelle rarely misses a game.
TUCSON, AZ (Arizona Athletics) -

Arizona Wildcats sophomore Nick Johnson has turned himself into a force at both ends of the court, as he averages 12 points per game and leads the team with a three assists per game average, while ranking fourth in the Pac-12 in steals and ranks third on the club with 19 blocked shots.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Gilbert, Ariz., is the first Arizona player since 2009-10 to collect 100 or more assists in a season.

Additionally, he's the first Wildcat since Hassan Adams in 2005-06 (82) to collect more than 60 steals in a season.

Tucson News Now's David Kelly sat down with UA athletic sophomore guard to chat about the influence of his dad, Joey, a legend for his jumping ability while a player at rival Arizona State and his late uncle, Dennis, a five-time NBA All-Star who won three championship rings including two with the famed Boston Celtics teams in the 1980s.

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David Kelly contributed to this story.

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