Johnson humble in winning Player of the Year

Nick Johnson won Pac-12 Player of the Year on Monday. Read on for his reaction to the award and much more.

It was not a surprise when Nick Johnson won the Pac-12 Player of the Year on Monday, just as it was not a surprise when he seem humbled by it.

"It is a great honor obviously to be in that category," Johnson said. "I couldn't ask for anything more."

Johnson also chose to focus on his head coach and teammates that won awards as well.

"It's great for him," Johnson said of Sean Miller winning Coach of the Year. "He definitely deserves it. As a team, all three of these awards are really team awards.

"Without him I couldn't have won it and without the team and stuff like that. We had a great regular season. We didn't quite finish it the way we wanted to, but our overall body of work is pretty great. It's a total team award."

Arizona still has plenty of goals left to accomplish and next up is the Pac-12 tournament.

"Whoever we get in the second round after the bye is going to be a tough game," Johnson said. "We aren't looking past anybody or anything like that, we have to go out and play a game at time like we always do."

Although Arizona won the regular season title, Johnson and his teammates feel they still have something to prove.

"We went there last year to win it," Johnson said. "We felt if we could get that one it would make up for what we did in the regular season. It hurt not to get that. I think it hurt us going into the tournament.

"Going in this year, already being the regular season champions, we still feel we have things to prove going into the tournament."

Some may not agree with Johnson, but he was quick to answer when asked what he feels the Wildcats need to do.

"We just want to continue building our body of work," he said. "With all of the non-conference wins we have had away from home and protecting our home court, just keep on adding to those and get the highest possible seed we can to set ourselves up for success."


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