2016 NBA Draft: Brice Johnson’s senior season improved his stock

North Carolina forward Brice Johnson was one of the faces of college basketball this season. From dominant 30-point, 20-rebound outings to making first team All-America to leading North Carolina to the national championship game, Johnson was not only possibly the most improved player in college basketball this season, but he simply might have been the best big man in the sport.

The 6-foot-9 forward from South Carolina had one of the better seasons a big man has ever produced in Chapel Hill, averaging a 17-point, 10.4-rebound double-double. Almost as important as that though, he became a well-rounded player who throughout the season became a better, more willing defender as the Tar Heels made their stretch run toward that thwarted national championship.

However, as we’ve seen plenty of times in the past, college success doesn’t necessarily always translate to the NBA. How does Johnson’s game look when it comes to moving on to the next level? Let’s take a look.


Simply put, Johnson is a freak athletically whose leaping ability will translate at the NBA level. Johnson was a state champion high jumper in high school, and it’s clear that training has rubbed off on his hoops game.