3:10pm: Johnson has formally announced he’s entering the draft, the school confirms (on Twitter).
9:00am: Arizona junior Nick Johnson will announce today that he’s entering this year’s NBA draft, sources tell Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. The shooting guard is No. 57 in the prospect rankings of both Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress and Chad Ford of ESPN.com. Zagoria also seconds an earlier report that fellow Wildcat Aaron Gordon will declare for the draft, too.
Johnson, the nephew of Hall-of-Famer Dennis Johnson, is a high-flyer who averaged 16.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 33.0 minutes per game for Arizona, which narrowly missed a berth in the Final Four with a one-point loss in the NCAA Tournament elite eight. He’s listed at either 6’2″ or 6’3″, either of which would make him undersized at his position, and he never averaged more than 3.2 assists per game in college, suggesting that it would be difficult to convert him to point guard.
Today is the final day for players who’ve declared for the draft to withdraw and retain their NCAA eligibility. So, barring a last-minute change of heart, it looks like Johnson has played his final game at Arizona.