Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson now looking at Carolina. Big news.
UNC may be on the verge of shocking the ACCand college basketball. It comes in the form of a familiar-looking wing forward who scored 24 points against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last season.
Cameron Johnson just graduated from Pitt in three years and played two seasons there, one for current coach Kevin Stallings after being recruited by former coach Jamie Dixon. He sat out his freshman year as a medical red-shirt, which now gives him TWO seasons of eligibility if he transfers to a school outside the ACC – at the moment.
When Johnson decided to leave Pitt and finish his college career elsewhere, Stallings blocked him from talking to another ACC school so he wouldn’t bite the team that had fed him and originally signed him. Now, seemingly out of nowhere, that block has been lifted by Stallings, and Johnson is talking to Roy Williams and his staff, as first reported by Inside Carolina’s Sherrell McMillan.
At 6-8 and 215 pounds, Johnson has similar size and numbers to the departed Justin Jackson; they even look somewhat alike. At Pitt, he averaged 12 points and 4.5 rebounds and 2-plus assists a game. He shot 42 percent from three-point range, fifth in the ACC and more accurate than JJ. He twice made the ACC’s all-academic team. If UNC landed Johnson with no restrictions . . . HUGE news.
Johnson has already visited Kentucky, Arizona, Oregon and UCLA, but he’s an East Coast kid who apparently wants to stay here and attend the best academic school. One restriction remaining is whether Stallings will allow him to play immediately within the ACC and not lose a year by sitting out. Otherwise, Johnson will go outside the ACC. The wild card here is Stallings’ relationship with ol’ Roy.
When Williams got the job as an unknown head coach at Kansas in 1988, he hired Stallings as an assistant for five years. They have been good friends ever since, and Stallings’ son, Jacob, was a star catcher for Mike Fox’s baseball team. Pitt is still in rebuilding mode under Stallings, who just might do Williams a friendly favor.
Adding Johnson and Tony Bradley returning, guess where UNC would be ranked next preseason? If you said No. 1, you are right.