It is not often that top college basketball players remain in school for four full years. The lure of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the big contracts that teams in that professional league make available, contracts that can turn young performers into millionaires overnight, is generally too hard to pass up.
So it is noteworthy and worth mentioning when a top player like 6’10”, two hundred thirty pound Brice Johnson decides to forego NBA “instant wealth” by electing to remain in school to get his degree and compete “on the hardwood” one more season as a senior and team leader.
Actually, Johnson, who is now and has always been a starting Power Forward for the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina (UNC), has been setting personal records for three years while leading his team to the “March Madness” tournament since he was just a freshman.
His career numbers over three years of play are commendable and mark him as one of the “all time greats” for a college basketball program that has produced many great players, some of whom went on to have notable careers in the National Basketball Association, such all time great players like the legendary Michael Jordan.
Brice Johnson is not as good as Jordan was and may never reach that level. There is no shame in that. Many pundits believe that Jordan was the greatest player in basketball history.
Nevertheless, Brice Johnson is a terrific performer and his statistics back up his play on the hardwood.
Over his three years as a starter, Brice Johnson has scored one thousand thirty-eight points, pulled down six hundred nineteen offensive and defensive rebounds and blocked one hundred four shots. Those numbers place this star player in the hierarchy of all those who wore the Tar Heels uniform.
Johnson, who is certain to be a high draft pick in 2016 when he embarks on a professional career, will present possible suitors with a performance background that, in addition to what is indicated above, can also lay claim to the fact that he is only the twenty-second player in team history to amass more than one thousand points in his collegiate career. Johnson has done that and will, of course, add to his career total in the upcoming season.
The young and productive Power Forward has also had his accomplishments recognized by the Conference in which the Tar Heels play. For instance, Johnson was a third team All Conference performer in the 2014-2015 Season. He was also named to the All-ACC Conference team in last year’s Conference tournament..
Brice Johnson was a solid player as a freshman and has improved every season since then. His decision to complete his fourth year at the University of North Carolina will make him an even more attractive draft pick when he begins his professional career one year from now.
Courtesy of Collegebasketball.ap.org