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2013-14 Worlds: 19.4 MPG, 10.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 57% FG
Draft Range: Late lottery to late first round
NBA Role: End-to-end athletic 4-man, finisher and rim protector
With James Michael McAdoo going pro last spring, North Carolina's Brice Johnson will have ample opportunity to step up in 2014-15 and establish himself as a legitimate NBA prospect.
Johnson wants to use his 6'9" frame and surplus of bounciness to carve out a defined role and be decisive with the basketball. He's grown to love out-rebounding opponents, beating them down the court and finishing over them.
One former Tar Heel and current NBA player Johnson wants to emulate is Tyler Zeller.
"I like Tyler Zeller just because he runs the floor," Johnson told GoHeels.com. "Every time he touches the ball, it's in his hands for, like, 0.5 seconds. That's something I try to do, but I need to get more under control like he was (at UNC). When he touched it, it was an automatic basket because you know it was either going off the glass or it was going to hit the bottom of the net."
Over his first two years at Chapel Hill, head coach Roy Williams has effectively motivated Johnson to become more active and constantly running. With that kind of motor and increased confidence around the rim, Johnson is poised to make a big impression among scouts this season.
At worst, he's a lanky power forward who can snare rebounds, alter shots and rise above the crowd off pick-and-rolls and transition. At best, he's a similar animal, plus the ability to drop-step, jump hook and hit open mid-range shots.