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NBA Draft 2014 Results: Nick Johnson selected by Houston Rockets with 42nd overall pick

Nick Johnson will have go for lift-off in Houston

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Former Arizona Wildcats guard Nick Johnson was selected in the second round by the Houston Rockets with the 42nd overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Johnson, who was the leading scorer on an Arizona team that made it to the Elite 8 this year, has all kinds of athleticism, as seen in his amazing highlight video.

We caught up with him after his workout with the Phoenix Suns, where he impressed Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek and GM Ryan McDonough.

"The three-point shooting, he shoots it easy, I think because of his strength," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "For us, we try to wear the guys out, see how they shoot when they're tired. He didn't even look like he got tired. That strength really helps him."

Not only did he lead the Wildcats in scoring, he was also far-and-away their best free throw shooter on a team that at best was average from the charity stripe.

We also took a look at the best fits team-wise for Johnson. This is what we had to say about why the Rockets would be a good fit:

Houston likely wouldn't draft Johnson with their 25th pick but it certainly could give the Arizona guard a look with a 42nd overall pick in the second round. The Rockets will continue maneuvering this offseason and have been open to moving both center Omer Asik and guard Jeremy Lin off the books to free up cap space. If they're successful in moving Lin, there would be an opportunity for Johnson to back up a similar non-traditional and defensive-minded point guard, Patrick Beverley. Johnson would, however, be competing for playing time with former Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan.

Nick, you are clear for lift-off.