More national recognition is finally coming in for Nick Johnson, who has arguably been the Arizona Wildcats' best overall player so far during its undefeated run.
Johnson was named today along with teammate Aaron Gordon on the Wooden Award midseason list, a group of 25 players under consideration for one of college basketball's player of the year honors. Players not on the list, however, are still eligible for the award.
When the Wooden Award preseason watch list of 50 was announced, Gordon was the Wildcats' only representative.
UCLA's Kyle Anderson and Oregon's Joseph Young were the only other Pac-12 players named to the midseason Wooden list.
Another local secret is getting out, too: That T.J. McConnell has had a lot to do with Arizona's success.
In his statistically driven list, ESPN's John Gasaway ranks Johnson the 16th best player overall and Gordon the 18th.
Kenpom ranks Johnson third and Gordon ninth.
Craig Robinson said he'd have to consider the Princeton AD job if he was no longer Oregon State's coach.
Colorado still has lots to prove to the NCAA selection committee.
Tonight's Pac-12 games:
OSU at WSU, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks. It's the first of five road games in OSU's next seven games.
California at USC, 9 p.m., ESPNU