Brice Johnson Named All-America and ACC Player of the Week

UNC senior forward Brice Johnson has been named first-team All-America by USA Today.

The team, released on Monday, is the first of many similar lists to be released in the coming days.

Johnson was selected for the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team on Sunday.

Johnson averaged 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while accumulating 19 double-doubles on the season.

Johnson is joined by fellow seniors Buddy Hield of Oklahoma and Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine on the first team. Two sophomores round out the squad – Utah forward Jakob Poeltl and Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis.

Johnson was also named ACC Player of the Week by the conference on Monday for his performances against Syracuse and Duke. This is fourth time that Johnson won the weekly honor from the conference this season.

Johnson and the Tar Heels won the outright ACC Championship with a victory over Duke on Saturday and will be the number one seed in the conference tournament, which begins on Tuesday. Carolina has a double bye in the tournament.  The Tar Heels will play the winner of Syracuse and Pittsburgh at noon on Thursday.

Starting with Thursday’s Carolina game, all ACC Tournament games will be on 97.9 FM and 1360 AM WCHL.

Wold, Craddock Earn All-America Status in Field Hockey

CHAPEL HILL– A pair of Carolina field hockey players has been tabbed for All-America honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

UNC sophomore Emily Wold was selected on the first-team All America list while junior Charlotte Craddock has earned second-team All-America status.

Wold is also the South Region Player of the Year and All-ACC, All-ACC Tournament and All-NCAA Tournament. Wold led the nation in assists with 23.

Craddock scored 13 goals in the 18 games she played for the Tar Heels. She also earned All-ACC, All-South Region and All-NCAA Tournament honors.

This was the second year in a row that Wold and Craddock were named All-Americans.

The Tar Heels advanced to the Final Four for the fifth year in a row before losing to the eventual national champion Huskies of Connecticut.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt Awarded Honorable Mention On AP All-America Team

NEW YORK – Without Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, the UNC women’s basketball team likely wouldn’t have made it to the ACC championship game and the NCAA Round of the 32, and the Associated Press recognized that.

The senior guard was received an honorable mention on the AP All-America team. Ruffin-Pratt led the team with 15.5 points per game, more than 4.5 assists per game, and nearly three steals per game.

Despite being knocked out of the NCAA tournament early as a No. 3 seed by No. 6 Delaware on its home court, Carolina saw a big turnaround from last season. The Tar Heels missed the Big Dance last year and Coach Sylvia Hatchell said she would not accept a bid to the WNIT if the team didn’t make it to the NCAAs. This year, with the help of Ruffin-Pratt, UNC finished second in the ACC, took down a highly-ranked Maryland team two out of three times, and won the WNIT Preseason tournament, among other accolades.

Ruffin-Pratt was also named to the first team All-ACC roster this year for her efforts.

Waltiea Rolle and Krista Gross are also graduating from UNC, but the Tar Heels return ten players.