Armon Johnson to enter NBA draft
Nevada Wolf Pack junior Armon Johnson has decided to enter the 2010 National Basketball Association Draft, the Nevada athletic department announced Friday.
The point guard was quoted in a statement released through the athletic department:
“I have decided to enter the 2010 NBA draft and end my career at the University of Nevada. I have thought long and hard about this decision, and after consulting with my family, I have decided that this is a move I will make. The decision was made very difficult because of the great affection I have for the entire University of Nevada community. My coaches have always helped me on and off the court, my fellow students have been unbelievably supportive and all of the fans have made these past years unforgettable and incredible to me. This is a great place to go to school and to play basketball, and I would tell anyone who has the chance to go here, they should do it.
“I have not signed with an agent, although I will do so at some point in the future. It is difficult to leave a place and people you love, and this is a hard day for me. I hope that when I come back here to visit – and I certainly plan on doing so frequently – that I can see as many of the people in the community as possible. I want to thank everyone for supporting me and helping me in my journey, and hope you all continue to cheer for me in this next step.”
The 6-3, 195-pounder graduated from Hug High in 2007. He was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference Second Team this season after leading the conference and ranking 22nd in the nation with 5.6 assists per game. He also was second on the team and eighth in the WAC in scoring with 15.7 points per game.
Johnson led the Wolf Pack in assists in each of his three seasons and finishes his career ranked fourth in all-time assists at Nevada with 445. He became the sixth player in school history to score at least 1,000 points and dish out at least 250 assists and ends his career ranked ninth in all-time scoring at Nevada with 1,441 points.
Johnson played in 101 career games with 99 starts and averaged 14.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds in his Nevada career. He was also named the 2008 WAC Freshman of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors as a sophomore.
Wolf Pack coach David Carter was also quoted through an athletic department statement:
“We want to wish Armon the best of luck as he pursues his dreams of playing professional basketball. Armon is a great young man who has given Nevada basketball everything he had over the last three years. It has been a very difficult decision for him to leave a community and university that he loves, but we wish him the best as he takes the next step in his playing career.”
The NBA Draft is June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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