Johnson continues to receive praise

Nick Johnson continues to be one of the most valuable players in the country. Read on to see what Sean Miller has to say about his skills and what he means to the Wildcats.

Sean Miller has been consistent in praising junior guard Nick Johnson throughout the season and after the win over Utah was no different.

"Well, I think both of these guys (Johnson and McConnell) embody a lot of qualities that you want in players, but especially guards," Miller said.

"In Nick's case, one of the things that's very understated, and I believe that the coaches in our conference have recognized, is he actually plays three different positions in every game. It's hard to do. It's hard to learn three positions let alone do it effectively."

In addition, Johnson often guards the opposing team's best perimeter player.

"From a defensive perspective, both T.J. and Nick, they bring a great will, a great desire and talent on that end of the court," Miller said.

One of the biggest reasons for the cohesion that Arizona has off the court is the way it plays together on it.

"One of the things our team is fortunate to be is close off the court, and it starts with people on our team wanting to be close," Miller said.

"These guys have worked really since last spring to foster that. I think a lot of the things that you see on the court started a long time ago with us. It started a long time ago with Nick wanting to be on a special team this year.

"He's certainly the leader, and I believe T.J. is right there with him, and it's been a big part of our success for sure. Seeing Nick on the All-American team, to me, it's well-deserved, hard-earned. Our record is 29-3."

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