Wildcats' Johnson taken No. 42 in NBA Draft

2014-06-26T20:24:00Z 2014-06-27T09:13:58Z Wildcats' Johnson taken No. 42 in NBA DraftBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson landed solidly in the middle of the second round of tonight's NBA Draft, going No. 42 overall to the Houston Rockets.

"Nick is far from being a finished product," Miller tweeted. "He has tremendous upside and an incredible work ethic. (Johnson) is the ultimate team player and when he’s given a role in the Rockets organization, he’s going to fulfill that role through hard work and a willingness to be coached.

"In my mind, Nick Johnson is going to be a very good NBA player."

The Pac-12 Player of the Year at Arizona last season, Johnson was the seventh Pac-12 player picked tonight. Six Pac-12 players went in the first round, including former UA teammate Aaron Gordon (4), Washington's C.J. Wilcox (28), Stanford's Josh Huestis (29) and a trio of former UCLA players: Zach LaVine (13), Jordan Adams (22) and Kyle Anderson (30).

Johnson became the fifth player recruited by Sean Miller at UA to be drafted and the second in the second round after Grant Jerrett went to Portland at 40 last year and was traded to Oklahoma City. Former UA forward Chase Budinger went 44 overall to Detroit in 2009 and was traded to Houston.

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