UNC Basketball: Cam Johnson impresses in Team USA debut

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 07: Cam Johnson #6 of the United States shoots against Phillip Wheeler #23 and Aleem Ford #12 of Puerto Rico in the second half of a 2023 FIBA World Cup exhibition game at T-Mobile Arena on August 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The United States defeated Puerto Rico 117-74. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - AUGUST 07: Cam Johnson #6 of the United States shoots against Phillip Wheeler #23 and Aleem Ford #12 of Puerto Rico in the second half of a 2023 FIBA World Cup exhibition game at T-Mobile Arena on August 07, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The United States defeated Puerto Rico 117-74. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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The former UNC basketball standout made a good impression in Team USA’s exhibition victory over Puerto Rico on Monday night.

In his first action for Team USA, former UNC basketball star Cam Johnson wasted no time making an immediate impact.

The USA Basketball Men’s National Team began its final preparations for the upcoming FIBA World Cup with a dominant 117-74 win over Puerto Rico. This marks the first of five exhibition games that the United States will play before beginning World Cup group games at the end of the month.

Coming off the bench, Johnson tied Anthony Edwards with a team-high 15 points. The former Tar Heel knocked down seven of his 10 shot attempts, as he also recorded six rebounds, a steal, and a block.

The schedule will get busier for Johnson and Team USA, as they’ll play four exhibition games in the span of eight days starting on August 12. This contest was a great tune-up before Team USA heads overseas, as they wrapped up training camp with a big momentum booster.

For Johnson, his first performance for Team USA showed that he’s capable of making a big impact for this team over the next few weeks. If he can continue to shoot the basketball at a high level while making basketball-winning plays in the process, it won’t be a surprise to see Johnson seeing a ton of minutes, as he may even battle for a starting job.

Regardless of what role he plays, Cam Johnson will be up for the challenge. We’ll have to see if Team USA can continue to build momentum as this inexperienced group looks to prove to everyone that they are more than capable of winning the World Cup.

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