The Tucson basketball community got a treat this past summer when UA star Nick Johnson came back to town for his second youth basketball camp.
Johnson scored 1,333 points in three seasons (2012-14) playing for the Wildcats, the last of which in 2014 he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.
Nick is the son of Joey Johnson, who in one season with the Arizona State Sun Devils in the late 1980s developed a reputation as a high-flying dunker.
I got the chance to sit down with the Jumping Johnsons for just the second ever interview they’ve done together.
For the moment Johnson’s basketball career has taken him overseas.
He’s playing this 2016-17 season for FC Bayern Munich in the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL).
Johnson has appeared so far in nine games for the club averaging 20 minutes and 12 points per game.
FC Bayern Munich also competes internationally in the Euro Cup.
Johnson was a 2nd round pick (42nd) by the Houston Rockets in the 2014 NBA Draft.
He split the 2014-15 season between the Rockets and their NBA D-League affiliate the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Nick appeared in 28 regular season games for the Rockets scoring 74 points but shooting just 35% from the floor.
The highlight of his NBA-debut season came on December 3 when Johnson hit a game-winning layup in overtime to help the Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Nick also scored 12 points in the playoffs as Houston advanced to the second round.
He averaged 18 points and five assists that season in 20 games with the Vipers.
The Tempe, Arizona native was traded by the Rockets prior to the 2015-16 season to the Denver Nuggets but was released and spent that season playing for the Austin Spurs in the D-League where he averaged 10 points in 34 games.
Johnson played in the 2016 NBA Summer League for the Orlando Magic. He was signed by the Eastern Conference squad in September and went to training camp where he partnered with his UA teammate Aaron Gordon.
Nick appeared in four pre-season games before being released and signing to play in Germany.
His uncle Dennis Johnson carved out a Hall of Fame career in 14 NBA seasons winning three titles with Seattle (1979) and Boston (1984 and 1986).
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