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Brice Johnson uses big July to boost recruitment

Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:39 pm
 

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By Jeff Borzello

Brice Johnson missed out on a chance to boost his stock at the NBPA Top 100 Camp when he suffered a concussion early in the camp and had to sit out the rest of the event.

Johnson, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Edisto (S.C.), bounced back in a major way at the Peach Jam in mid-July, dominating at both ends of the floor and showcasing his game in front of coaches.

“There’s people my size here,” Johnson said at the time. “When people are 6-foot-4, I don’t play [well].”

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He continued his strong play at the end of the month, staking his claim as one of the best post players in the country. One college coach said he was a future lottery pick.

“I feel like I’m one of the best,” Johnson said. “Everyone has been trying to beat me, but I just know if I play like I always do, they won’t beat me or stop me because I can beat you in a number of ways.”

He is very long and athletic, and he runs the floor like a gazelle. Johnson’s face-up jumper and back-to-the-basket game are both improving, and his potential his through the roof if he continues to develop.

Several schools are making him a priority, with North Carolina offering him earlier this week.

The Tar Heels join a long list of programs, including Florida, Ohio State, Connecticut, North Carolina State, Marquette, Clemson and South Carolina.

Johnson, ranked No. 72 in CBSSports.com's Top 100, said there are no favorites right now, with all of the schools about the same. He plans on taking visits before making a decision, but he is not sure which schools will get an official from him in the fall.

“I’m just going to continue to take my time and find the best fit for me,” Johnson said.

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