Make it two Tar Heels selected now as part of Thursday’s 2019 NBA Draft, with graduate transfer Cameron Johnson getting selected 11th overall by the Phoenix Suns.
The native of Moon Township, Pennsylvania spent his first two college seasons at Pitt before arriving in Chapel Hill as a graduate transfer prior to the 2017-18 campaign.
Phoenix VP of Basketball Operations Jeff Bower had Cam Johnson on campus for a recruiting visit in his one season as head coach at Marist College. A week later, Pitt offered him and Bower lost him to the ACC. Five years later, Bower gets Johnson on his team with 11th pick.
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Injuries limited him to just 26 games as a junior with the Tar Heels, but he still managed to contribute 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing when he was able to be on the floor.
Last season was somewhat of a breakout campaign for the 6-foot-8-inch wing, as he led the Tar Heels with 16.9 points per game and shot a whopping 45.7 percent from three-point range. He also grabbed 5.8 rebounds per game and showed the ability to play and guard multiple positions.
Because of his production last year, Johnson went from off the radar for many NBA scouts to being selected in the lottery of the NBA Draft.
UNC's Cameron Johnson impressed teams with his shooting in workouts — and now goes a stunning No. 11 overall. https://t.co/CdDOeDswq6
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