UNC senior forward Brice Johnson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Top 20 list.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced the list this week.
The award is given annually to the national player of the year.
Johnson leads Carolina this season as he is posting career highs in points (16.3) and rebounds (10.2) per game.
Johnson also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in rebounding and field goal percentage at 60.7 percent.
These accolades didn’t mean Johnson was immune to the starting lineup shakeup from coach Roy Williams against Boston College, as Williams sat the usual frontcourt of Justin Jackson, Johnson an Kennedy Meeks to begin the game.
Duke’s Grayson Allen, Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon and Damion Lee from Louisville are the other ACC players among the finalists.
Voting for the award begins at the end of the season, and the 40th annual Wooden Award will be handed out at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show in early April.