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When looking at the roster, two players in particular stand out with undefined roles: Brice Johnson and J.P. Tokoto. That's something that will have to be figured out over the next month or so.
Brice Johnson offered a huge pop offensively when he came into the game last season. Only P.J. Hairston put up more points per minute than the lanky freshman. His turnaround jumper seemed to drop with the efficiency of a Tyler Zeller hook.
It was borderline ridiculous.
After putting on 20 pounds in the offseason, Johnson should be more prepared to bang with the big boys. He has also put focus on his defensive efforts, telling Inside Carolina at media day that he didn't do as much as he could have last year.
If he improves on both ends of the court, this should be a great season for Easy B. And Roy Williams will have to find a way to get him in the game regularly. Look for him to earn the sixth-man status.
If Johnson is the sixth man, you have to figure Tokoto as the prime candidate for the seventh spot—which is nothing to be ashamed of on this squad, for sure.
Tokoto showed potential to be a defensive juggernaut at this level as a freshman, which is truly rare to see. His length, hops, lateral quickness and dedication to the defensive end is what makes him special.
Tokoto was an excellent on-ball defender because of that. The only area in which he seemed to fall short was team defense, which just goes back to the lack of familiarity with his teammates and the scheme. He should be much better as a sophomore.
He's also a big-time activity guy, constantly making hustle plays and flying in from out of nowhere for rebounds and put-back jams. Even if his offensive game still isn't up to par, Tokoto will be a very valuable player to have on the floor.
But he has been working with Hubert Davis this summer, attempting to refine his jumper and become more of an offensive weapon for the Tar Heels. He could be a scary kind of good if he ever becomes a shooter.
Johnson and Tokoto are two guys Roy Williams can't just wing it with. He needs to find a way to get these future studs in the game as much as possible.