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Justin Johnson named to NABC All-District Second Team

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU junior forward Justin Johnson was named to the NABC All-District 11 Second Team on Wednesday, as announced by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 native of Hazard, Ky., is the Hilltoppers’ first NABC All-District performer since George Fant and T.J. Price made the first team in 2014-15.

District 11 is made up of the teams in Conference USA, and voting is conducted by member coaches in the association.

WKU Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) attempts a jumper during his team’s game against Middle Tennesse at E. A. Diddle Arena on Feb. 16, 2017. (Photo by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletic)

Johnson was also named to the All-Conference USA Second Team this year after a standout junior season.

The versatile forward led WKU in both scoring (14.5 points per game) and rebounding (9.4 per game), and he led Conference USA in both rebounding and double-doubles (14).

Johnson broke into WKU’s 1,000-point club this season and is now tied for 36th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,120 career points. He’s the first Hilltopper to average more than 14 points and nine rebounds since Nigel Dixon in 2003-04, as well as the first to average 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists since Mike Odemns in 1974-75.

Johnson is also the first WKU player to lead the program in scoring and rebounding in back-to-back seasons since Chris Marcus in 2000-02.

His 56.2 percent field goal percentage in league play this season led C-USA, and his 55.3 percent career percentage would currently rank seventh in WKU history.

Perhaps most impressively, Johnson has expanded his game to become a 3-point threat. He made 26 of 67 attempts from behind the arc this year (38.8 percent) after netting just one 3-pointer over his first two seasons.

Johnson is the first WKU player to shoot at least 50 percent from the field and make at least 20 3-pointers in a season since Orlando Mendez-Valdez in 2006-07. He’s also the first Hilltopper with at least five games of 14-plus rebounds in a season since Dixon in 2003-04.

His 14 double-doubles this year are the most in a season for a Hilltopper since Dixon’s 15 in 2003-04, and his 24 career double-doubles are the most for a WKU player since Sergio Kerusch tallied 24 from 2008-11.

NABC All-District 11 First Team
Erik McCree, Louisiana Tech
JaCorey Williams, Middle Tennessee
Jon Elmore, Marshall
Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tennessee
Marcus Evans, Rice

Second Team
Egor Koulechov, Rice
Giddy Potts, Middle Tennessee
Jon Davis, Charlotte
William Lee, UAB
Justin Johnson, WKU

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