Johnson playing best ball of his career

Sean Miller believes that Nick Johnson is playing the best basketball of his career. Read on to see why that is, what stands out, and more.

Arizona has played well in the early part of the season, as shown by the fact that it has yet to lose a game and already holds victories over Duke and at San Diego State.

One of the main reasons for that success has been the play of Nick Johnson. The shooting guard played well last season, but has seemingly increased that level of play through the first part of this year.

Point guard T.J. McConnell deserves a chunk of credit for Johnson's improvement in all facets of his game.

"The game you can tell has slowed down for him," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "He is not having very good games because he's making a ton of shots.

"He impacts the game so many ways. T.J. and him have a real good relationship on the court. They find each other and he is an improved shooter."

Johnson is shooting better than he has since arriving at Arizona and the belief is that he will improve from behind the arc as well.

"Nick can really shoot the three," Miller said. "He was a 40 percent three-point shooter a year ago. He did not shoot a lot of threes, but he had a couple other players on the team that did that. He's an improved three-point shooter. I think he is going to be very consistent this year."

In fact, Miller has gone as far as to say that he feels Johnson is currently one of the best guards in college basketball.

"He knows what to do, he's experienced," Miller said. "He is a junior and now a three-year starter. The experience Nick has gone through has allowed him to grow.

"I will tell you this, there aren't many guards that are playing college basketball that are more important to their team or better than Nick Johnson right now. In games, the way he has played has been at a very high level."

McConnell agrees, noting that Johnson is getting what he deserves with the accolades and awards he has received early in the season.

"He is on a different level," McConnell said. "He has really stepped up and made big shots when we needed him to.

"Against Duke he struggled in the first half, but came out and had a monster second half and played great tonight. He deserved the MVP of that tournament and has been great for us."


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