Johnson named to Wooden 25 - Tucson News Now

Johnson named to Wooden 25

 LOS ANGELES – Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson was one of five freshmen named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 announced Wednesday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on ESPN's SportsCenter.

Chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts, the list denotes frontrunners for one of college basketball's most prestigious individual honors.

Johnson is one of three Pac-12 players named to the list, and one of five freshmen from across the nation alongside Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor of Duke, D'Angelo Russell for Ohio State and Maryland's Melo Trimble.

Arizona's leader in scoring and rebounding, Johnson is one of just two freshmen in the major college basketball conferences averaging at least 13.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game (also Okafor) with marks of 13.9 points and 6.6 boards per night.

The Fullerton, Calif., native leads Pac-12 freshmen and ranks 14th overall in the league in scoring, while ranking second among freshmen and sixth among all Pac-12 players with an average of 1.6 steals per contest. He leads Arizona and ranks third nationally among freshmen with 98 free throw attempts.

Johnson has scored in double figures 14 times in 16-career games, leading the Wildcats in scoring eight times and rebounds on five occasions, and has posted a pair of double-doubles. In November, he was named MVP of the EA Sports Maui Invitational after averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as Arizona claimed the tournament crown.

Johnson is familiar with the John R. Wooden Award tradition, having earned the John R. Wooden Award for California Division I High School Player of the Year in both 2013 and 2014.
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