Johnson Named Pac-12 Player of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – Stanley Johnson has been honored for his efforts in a pair of Arizona wins last week with Pac-12 Player of the Week honors, announced by the league office on Monday.
The honor is the second of the season for Johnson, who was also named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Dec. 1, 2014, after earning MVP honors at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The Fullerton, Calif., native averaged 20.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game as the Wildcats claimed wins over Colorado and eighth-ranked Utah at McKale Center. He shot 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the floor and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line in the two contests.
Johnson got the week off to a fast start with 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting in a 68-54 win over CU on Thursday, marking both a season high and his first 20-point game as a collegian. He added eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in the game.
Saturday’s win over No. 8/8 Utah saw Johnson battle early foul trouble but post 18 points, nine rebounds and two steals in the second half as UA pulled away from the Utes for a 69-51 victory. He was 6-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the line, sparking Arizona to a lead as high as 21 points in the first meeting of top-10 teams in the Pac-12 since 2008.
Nine of Johnson’s 17 total rebounds on the week came on the offensive end, as UA was +18.0 on the glass for the week and averaged 15.0 offensive rebounds in the two games. The victories over Colorado and Utah also ran the Wildcats’ home winning streak to 32 games, the second-longest active streak in the country.
Johnson is Arizona’s leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 14.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, respectively. His mark of 1.6 steals per game ranks second on the team and sixth in the Pac-12.
He and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor are the only two freshmen in the major college basketball conferences averaging at least 14 points and six rebounds per game. Johnson is shooting 48.2 percent from the floor, including 40.4 percent from three-point range, and 70.2 percent from the free throw line. He has two double-doubles on the season and has led Arizona in scoring 10 times.
The Wildcats will return to action on Thursday when they visit Stanford at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and can be heard on the radio on the Arizona IMG Sports Network.
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