UNC Basketball: Assessing Cam Johnson’s rising draft stock

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 19: Cameron Johnson #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives to the basket against the Miami Hurricanes during the second half at Watsco Center on January 19, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

During the month of March, Keeping It Heel will be rounding up the latest NBA Draft intel on three UNC prospects as we near the season’s end. This week we look at fifth-year senior Cam Johnson.

March is finally here and with it comes a vast assortment of things. Heated rivalry matchups, momentous resume-shaping conference tournament runs, NCAA championship pursuits, and the inevitable winner that makes it past 352 losers.

March also brings another casualty of collegiate sports: The inevitability that players’ careers have to come to an end at some point, some sooner than others. While some players bide their time in college and see out their four (or five) years of eligibility, others declare to make the jump to the pros, diving headfirst into the NBA Draft waters or taking a plane ride overseas to begin a professional career elsewhere. Nonetheless, for many players at the end of March and April, they will have played their last minutes on the collegiate hardwood.

Although the No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels probably aren’t thinking about who all will depart the program in a few months and instead are focusing on winning the Atlantic Coast Conference title and beating some random ball club from Durham, it’s never too early to look at where a few Tar Heel players stand in the NBA Draft conversation.

Specifically, Keeping It Heel will take a look at three UNC players who are receiving the most draft buzz through the first week of March: Cam Johnson, Nassir Little, and Coby White.

This week we take a look at Johnson, a prolific sharpshooter whose offensive explosion this year surprised many who overlooked the 6-foot-9 wing whenever he transferred from Pitt in 2017.

Acting as one of Carolina’s most important players as they fight for postseason glory, NBA scouts/executives and members throughout the national media have taken notice, with the forward/guard popping up across draft boards and mock drafts.

The following is a collection over 16 mock drafts and draft boards, with authors’ rationale included as well as our own additional analysis on Johnson’s future in the League.

So, where could he end up in this year’s draft?

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