Oct 26, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Brice Johnson (11) prepares to dunk the ball in an exhibition game at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Basketball: Is Brice Johnson Worthy of Being a Starter?!

I realize that this year’s Tar Heels have played one game. However, keep in mind that this was an exhibition game against the Shaw Bears. Carolina’s offense was out of sync until Brice Johnson came into the game. This kid can flat out play! He shot well, rebounded, and played defense. Most of all, he wasn’t scared or timid when he got on the court. Brice just brought it! Brice has post moves, also.

Brice is one of those players who thrives in being the underdog. All of the attention has been given to Marcus Paige, J.P. Tokoto, and Joel James. They have gotten the spotlight in the off-season. After last night, I think that Brice will get more respect from the Tar Heel fan base.

His play was instrumental in solidifying the post play for the Heels last night. Roy is going to have a difficult time getting this kid a considerable amount of playing time. Players will transfer if they feel that they deserve more time on the court. I do not think that there are any guys on the Heels’ roster who need attitude adjustments. For the most part, this team seems to have guys who are even-keeled.

James McAdoo may be one of those players who performs better coming the bench. I know that James led the Tar Heels in scoring against Shaw, but keep in mind that J-Mac went 7-15 from the floor. Brice made 4 of his 6 field goals.

I wouldn’t mind seeing McAdoo and Johnson start down low together, but with Joel James on the roster, one of these guys has to sit. Right now, Brice Johnson is ahead of James McAdoo when it comes to an offensive game. I would rate both of them as being even, on the defensive end though. There were stints where McAdoo and Johnson played together. Roy had J-Mac at the 4, and B.J. at the 5. When Brice manned the center position for a few minutes, he really showed his versatility.

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  • Bryan Finlayson

    I actually think Brice wil get plenty of minutes. The depth in the front court isn’t what it used to be. I expect Johnson to average his fair share.

    • jessica oxendine

      Yeah, he will get plenty of minutes off the bench.

      • Bryan Finlayson

        Yes. He won’t start.

        • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

          He might not in the beginning. Roy can go with McAdoo and Johnson down low, McAdoo and James, or Johnson and James. I am quite sure that McAdoo will stay in the starting lineup, however.

  • Charles Baker

    “Brice Johnson is ahead of James McAdoo when it comes to an offensive game”? What in the world are you smokin??? This ridiculous comparison and conclusion after an exibition game against Shaw? Wow!

    • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

      Have you seen Brice Johnson play? We can agree to disagree, but Brice’s play speaks for itself. He is scary good, and his potential is very high. Brice was also one of the highlights of Late Night w/Roy. So what, if he is a freshman. That doesn’t mean anything when it comes to talent.

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  • Heelfan82

    I believe he is known for being a spurty player, who loses intensity at times. His position may be comin off the bench for now until he proves he can consistently do that. However, he is very gifted and has a bright future.

  • forza heels

    Did you forget McAdoo’s performance against Kansas, where he scored more points than our players that just went to the NBA? How can you say Brice Johnson can be better offensively after only one game against Shaw? McAdoo is projected to be a lottery pick!

    • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

      Don’t get me wrong. I like McAdoo; however, NBA projection does not mean much. McAdoo is good, but he has limitations. My honesty is based on what I have seen. The game against Kansas was last season. McAdoo was surrounded by a ton of NBA talent, which is not the case this season. I could easily use your example to support my case, as well. As the season goes on, I think that Roy will experiment with different starting lineups. I also think that Roy will shock Tar Heel Nation with some of his changes.

  • Tony Mitchell

    You seriously think Roy’s going to sit an pre-season ACC poy candidate in favor of Johnson? General McAuliffe said it best- “NUTS!”

    • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

      Obviously you misconstrued my column. Both Brice and James can start. Coming off the bench is not necessarily a bad thing. Plus, with all the talent that Roy has, nobody will average over 25 minutes.