Cards’ David Johnson on Naismith Trophy Watch List
By Louisville Athletics
LOUISVILLE - University of Louisville sophomore guard David Johnson is one of 50 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2021 Jersey Mike's Naismith Men's Basketball Player of the Year presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The ACC and Big Ten each have eight players represented on the list, the most among conferences.  Johnson was honored last week on the 11-person preseason All-ACC Team and was the leading vote-getter on the second team.

Over the last 15 games of the 2019-20 season, Johnson averaged 8.9 points, 4.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game while making 49.5 percent of his field goals (55-of-111).  He was the ACC assists leader among freshmen in conference games, averaging 3.8 assists, 7.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in ACC games.

A 6-5, 210-pound hometown product from Louisville, Johnson missed nearly four months leading up to his freshman season after recovering from shoulder surgery.  He worked his way into a prominent role on the team for the last half of the year, including a starting role in four of the last five games.  Johnson is second among returning scorers for the Cardinals this year (6.3 ppg) and is the returning leader in assists (2.8 apg),  He scored 37 points in his first 12 games before totaling 134 points in the last 15 games. 

Published 07:21 PM, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020
Updated 07:29 PM, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020



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