UNLV's Larry Johnson says he's ready for the next major step in his life - playing in the NBA.

"Playing in the NBA should be fun," Johnson said Wednesday after receiving the John Wooden Award as college basketball's player of the year.Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound senior forward, finished with 1,646 points to 1,389 for sophomore center Shaquille O'Neal of LSU. Johnson's teammate, senior forward Stacey Augmon, finished third with 1,156 points.