Now we’re going to talk about North Carolina’s Brice Johnson, and after that we’ll give our thoughts on Duke’s Grayson Allen in a later article.
What is it about Brice Johnson that makes him a leading ACC POY candidate?
First he’s the glue to North Carolina’s 23-5 overall record and a conference leading record of 12-3. North Carolina has been a team with inconsistent guard play, which should allow opposing teams to focus more on the Heels interior players.
Johnson is still averaging nearly 17 points a game for the Tar Heels.
He’s also the ACC’s leading re-bounder at 10.6 boards per game, and is in the top 10 of the ACC in both offensive and defensive rebounds. He also leads the ACC in FG percentage shooting a tidy 62% percent from the field. That’s over 5% better than Virginia’s Anthony Gill who is 2nd in the ACC in FG percentage. Johnson is a fluid 6-9 player that can run the floor with a nice mid-range jumper.
Johnson recently was named the Naismith Trophy player of the week, so a lot of people are pay attention his fine play.
With Virginia and North Carolina facing off this weekend. Either UVA’s Malcolm Brogdon or UNC’s Brice Johnson could get a leg up on the another in the ACC POY race after that one.