Arizona’s Johnson Named Finalist for Julius Erving Award - Tucson News Now

Arizona’s Johnson Named Finalist for Julius Erving Award

 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Arizona freshman Stanley Johnson was named one of five finalists for the inaugural Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award in a release Monday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

The winner of the Julius Erving Award will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Hall of Fame's selection committee. Fans are encouraged to visit hoophallawards.com to cast their votes from March 9-18.

The winner will be awarded at ESPN's new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's from Club Nokia in Los Angeles on April 10.

Johnson is the only Pac-12 player among the five finalists, which also include Justise Winslow (Duke), LaDontae Henton (Providence), Justin Anderson (Virginia) and Sam Dekker (Wisconsin).

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 Jahlil Okafor of Duke) with marks of 13.9 points and 6.6 boards per night.

The Fullerton, Calif., native leads Pac-12 freshmen and ranks 13th overall in the league in scoring, while pacing freshmen and ranking fifth among all Pac-12 players with an average of 1.5 steals per contest. He leads Arizona and ranks fifth nationally among freshmen with 160 free throw attempts, the seventh-most ever by a UA freshman.

Johnson has scored in double figures 25 times in 31-career games, leading the Wildcats in scoring 14 times and rebounds on 11 occasions, and has posted three 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. He is also one of 10 finalists for the Wayman Tisdale Award, presented annually to the nation's top freshman.

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