Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill (among others) will no longer play for the Arizona Wildcats in the 2013-14 college basketball season, but the Wildcats will still likely enter the season as a top five team. A lot of that will have to do with the incoming recruiting class and some great returning players–of course. One of those players is Nick Johnson, but can he have a breakout season?
Considering that Johnson was the third leading scorer on this team and the two players that scored more than him are gone, that is a definite yes. Johnson averaged 11.5 points per game this past season, while shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from behind the arc. He also managed to grab 3.6 rebounds per game and had 3.2 assists per game.
Johnson will definitely not be alone next season, since this team will likely be one of the most talented teams in the nation. However, he should be the go-to guy, which would automatically bring up his scoring. Johnson could easily average around 15 points per game in the upcoming season, but who really knows at this point in the offseason.
Still, Johnson is all set to have a breakout season in college basketball and he should be one of the better guards not only in the Pac-12, but college hoops in general.
Although Lyons and Hill going pro will hurt this team, a breakout season from Johnson would help make up for their losses. However, the retuning players will also have to get better and the incoming freshmen will have to make an instant impact.
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