Johnson is averaging a team-best 16.3 points per game on 52.3-percent shooting and 45.5 percent from behind the arc, in addition to 5.1 rebounds per game, in UK’s eight matchups with AP Top 25 foes. That includes a 19-point outing in the win over top-ranked Tennessee on Feb. 16.
But Johnson’s ability to step up when needed doesn’t just pertain to matchups vs. AP Top 25 opponents. Take, for instance, the first half of the season. As Kentucky searched for an identity, Johnson was UK’s most consistent scorer. He scored in double figures in 13 of the Wildcats’ first 14 games, including four games of 20 or more points during that stretch.
Overall, Johnson is averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds on the season. He’s shooting 46.6 percent from a guard position and he’s one of Kentucky’s most consistent 3-point shooters with a 39.0-percent clip. Johnson is second on the team with 39 3-pointers, and UK is 5-0 this season when he makes at least three 3-pointers in a game.
Included in Johnson’s spectacular season are 23 double-figure scoring games, six games with 20 or more points, three double-doubles and a monster 17-rebound game vs. Auburn, UK’s first game without Reid Travis (sprained right knee). It was the most by a Wildcat in an SEC game under Calipari.
Johnson scored a career-high 27 points against Tennessee State, 21 in a signature win over then-No. 9/10 North Carolina, 20 at then-No. 14/12 Auburn and 19 in the win over then-top-ranked Tennessee.
He’s won SEC Freshman of the Week a league-high-trying three times.