Bootleg Video: Mitch Johnson

Few issues this year have divided Stanford fans as much as the point guard/shooting guard balance we have seen with Chris Hernandez. The man who moves the fifth-year senior off the point is a freshman, which puts a heavy spotlight on Mitch Johnson. He is comfortable and confident in his role, and looking forward to the challenge in Tucson tonight, as he describes in this video Q&A.

One of the most marked changing dynamics for this Stanford Basketball team since the start of the year has been the emergence of Johnson.  Though just a freshman, the crafty point guard has consistently helped the team by making others around him better and by taking some of the pressure off Chris Hernandez at the off-guard.  The Cardinal are 3-1 since Johnson moved into the starting lineup.  The frosh floor general is averaging 3.0 assists per game, which becomes even more impressive once you consider his limited minutes.  On a per-40 minute basis, Johnson leads Stanford by a wide margin with 6.2 dimes.  And don't look now, but that blood-curdling three-point shot is hitting for the season at a surprisingly respectable 33.3%.

Johnson talked this week about his progress to date and the areas he still wants to improve, as well as how he sees his role relative to the fifth-year senior Hernandez.  The freshman also talks honestly about what he and the Cardinal have to do against Arizona tonight in Tucson.

Mitch Johnson Scout Profile

Mitch Johnson press conference Q&A -

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Mitch Johnson Q&A

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