University of Nevada guard Armon Johnson has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 15-21. The honor marks the first career WAC Player of the Week award for Johnson.
Johnson, a sophomore from Reno, Nevada (Hug HS), helped Nevada to a 1-1 record last week. Johnson led the Wolf Pack to an 87-58 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff with 17 points and seven assists without a turnover. He followed up that performance with a career-high 33.5 rebound effort on the road against California. Johnson scored 27 of his 33 points in the second half, including 13 in the final 2:26 to keep the game close down the stretch.
On the week, Johnson averaged 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.
Other nominees included: Boise State sophomore Paul Noonan scored 10 points with five threes in a win against Cal State Bakersfield. Fresno State freshman Paul George averaged 15.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of wins over Northern Colorado and South Carolina Upstate. Hawai'i junior Petras Balocka tied a career high with 21 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Chicago State. San Jose State senior Tim Pierce scored a career-high 26 points with six threes in a win over Northern Colorado. Utah State junior Jared Quayle averaged 17.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two road wins against Southern Utah and Idaho State.