Johnson moving toward consistency

Stanley Johnson continues to progress and become a more consistent basketball player. Read on to see what Sean Miller says about that progression and more.

Stanley Johnson was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday for averaging 20 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2 steals per game against Colorado and Utah.

As well as Johnson played, Sean Miller wants to remind people that he is still growing as a player.

“He’s had quite a few impressive games, but I think the important thing to realize about Stanley is he’s a freshman," Miller said. "He’s 19 years old. There’s a lot expected of him and he has high expectations of himself.

"He’s a very sensational and talented player in our program, but anytime he’s done something for the first time here, it is in fact the first time and that’s never to your advantage as a player."

With Johnson's experience growing, it is inevitable that he will be getting better with each game.

“The more games he’s gotten under his belt, the more experiences, I think he’s learning and he’s smarter player," Miller said. "He knows what to expect more."

Johnson is no longer forcing the issue as much as he was earlier in the season and a large part of that is the leadership of T.J. McConnell.

"He told me to be tough on him so that’s what I’m gonna do,” McConnell said. “Negative or positive, he takes it and uses it as motivation, and he’s been playing great.”

Now the key for Johnson is taking the impressive performances last week and making them more common.

"If you watch him play, things that happen within the framework of our team play easier for him right now than ever before." Miller said.

"The key is to continue to do it whether the games are at home or on the road. You want him to be consistent in his performance as well, but he did play two very good games against Colorado and Utah.”


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