Nick Johnson had a great season for the Arizona Wildcats this year. That may be an understatement. After all, he was the Pac-12 Player of the Year. Well, after a great outing in his junior year, Johnson is taking his talents to the next level (via USA Today Sports). This is a wise decision for the now former Wildcat.
There is a chance Johnson doesn’t even get drafted. He is projected as a late second round pick by many. So, why exactly is this a good decision again? Well, Johnson is coming off of a great season. There is not much more he can show NBA scouts.
Winning a national title in his senior year could have increased his draft stock, but he proved that he was one of the best players in college basketball this season. That should count for something.
Johnson averaged 16.3 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game and 2.8 steals per game. He is also a very, very good defender.
He is undersized for the shooting guard position (6-foot-3), but he is still a good shooter. Johnson shot 36.7 percent from behind the arc this season.
There is no guarantee that he will be drafted, but if Johnson thinks he is ready for the NBA, then I have to respect that. It was his decision to go pro. At the very least, he is more than capable of getting signed after the draft. However, I think he could be a late round steal.
Passing up your senior year to go pro is probably a very tough decision to make, but it was the right one for Nick Johnson.