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University of Arizona men's basketball student-athletes Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon were named to the Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T Midseason 30 on Thursday in an announcement by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Arizona is one of only six schools to post multiple representatives on the list, joining Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan State, Syracuse and Wichita State. Johnson and Gordon also represent two of the three Pac-12 players included on the midseason list.

Johnson, who became the 48th player in Arizona history to reach the 1,000-point mark this season, leads the Wildcats with an average of 15.9 points per game this season. He is shooting career highs of 46.0 percent and 78.0 percent from the free throw line, and has reached the 20-point mark a team-high seven times.

One of the nation's most versatile players, the Gilbert, AZ native also has averages of 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He was named Most Outstanding Player at the 2013 NIT Season Tip-Off was also named a midseason candidate for both the John R. Wooden Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Gordon leads both Arizona and Pac-12 freshmen with an average of 8.0 rebounds per game, while ranking second on the UA roster at 11.8 points per outing. He has posted a team-high six double-doubles on the year and currently ranks seventh on Arizona's freshman rebounds list (191) and eighth on the program's freshman blocks chart (22). 

The San Jose, CA native was named USA Basketball 2013 Male Athlete of the Year in January 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.

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