August 27, 2012 at 5:35 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 12:05 AM
(Hawaii Athletics) Former University of Hawai`i men's basketball player Zane Johnson will make his way to Asia after signing a pro contract with the Fukuoka Rizing of the Basketball Japan League (bj-league).
The 6-6 guard signed a one-year deal with the Rizing, which finished fifth in last year's Western Division standings (33-19). The Rizing were knocked out in the round of 16 in the playoffs. Former Rainbow Warrior standout Bobby Nash is the most recent UH player to play in the bj-league, suiting up for the Shiga Lakestars (2008-10) and the Satima Broncos (2010-11). While at Satima he played for his father, former UH head coach Bob Nash, who will be coaching the Toyama Grouses this season in the league's Eastern Division.
Johnson was named honorable mention all-conference in his two seasons at UH after transferring from the University of Arizona. The Phoenix, Ariz., native left the program as one of the most prolific shooters in school history. He established a new single-season mark for three-pointers (98) as a junior in 2010-11 and became the school's all-time leader in three-pointers made (180) as senior, despite playing just two seasons. He also set a new school record with 29 straight free throws made during the 2011-12 season and ranks as the fourth most accurate free throw shooter (.825) in program history.
Johnson, who earned a degree in sociology from UH last December, garnered an NBA workout earlier this summer with the Milwaukee Bucks, before signing with Fukuoka.