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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