Arizona’s Johnson Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30

Arizona’s Johnson Named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30

Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 on Thursday in an announcement by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club.

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 of Ohio State and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns.

Arizona's leader in scoring and rebounding, Johnson is one of just two freshmen in the major college basketball conferences averaging at least 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game (also Okafor) with marks of 14.6 points and 6.8 boards per night.

The Fullerton, Calif., native leads Pac-12 freshmen and ranks 12th overall in the league in scoring, while ranking second among freshmen and seventh among all Pac-12 players with an average of 1.5 steals per contest. He leads Arizona and ranks third nationally among freshmen with 134 free throw attempts, the 10th-most ever by a UA freshman.

Johnson has scored in double figures 20 times in 23-career games, leading the Wildcats in scoring 12 times and rebounds on nine 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.

The list of candidates for the Naismith Trophy will be narrowed to 10 in early March and again to four later that month. The winner will named on Monday, April 6.