What Johnson brings to Carolina

Brice Johnson is an excellent complement to what the North Carolina Tar Heels have already brought in.

Early on Wednesday morning Brice Johnson became the fourth four-star member of the 2012 class for the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Cordova (SC) Edisto High School product announced his decision and brings the type of long and athletic forward to the table that the Tar Heels love.

Roy Williams coached teams are known for their up tempo offense and how they use the secondary break with their bigs to get easy buckets. For Johnson that is seemingly a perfect fit for his game.

At 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds, Johnson doesn't possess the physical strength to bang with other power forwards down on the block, but he does have the quickness, athleticism, and skill level to beat them down the floor and be a match up problem when facing the rim.

With the decision Johnson now joins low post center Joel James, point guard Marcus Paige, and wing J.P. Tokoto to form a quartet of impressive commitments.

What makes this class impressive is the variety of skill sets that they all bring, specifically in the frontcourt. Tokoto is an athletic wing who will play the small forward and James is physical presence on the block who is at his best rebounding and bringing toughness to the court.

Now the Tar Heels have Johnson. While he isn't as athletic as Tokoto he still a very good athlete who can play a multitude of positions. Beyond that though, and this is where he fits in perfectly, on the offensive end he does most of his damage in the mid-range.

Because Johnson isn't the strongest player, as a power forward he faces guys up and has an excellent shooting touch out to 18 feet. Also he can take bigger players of the dribble by using his quickness and developing ability to handle the basketball.

On the defensive end, James is big and physical but not a shot blocker. That is another area where Johnson will be a perfect complement to what has been brought in. Johnson has the length and athleticism to intimidate shots and while not the classic 7-foot tall shot blocker, he does change things when defending the rim.

Also given the pace that the Tar Heels play at, Johnson will be a weapon in transition and that should create opportunity for the talented shooters brought in by Williams and Co. in the 2011 class as well Paige.

Overall things are looking good for the Tar Heels in the class. Getting a big recruiting win over Florida, NC State, and Clemson helps North Carolina land a class, while not filled with superstars, that should do very good things for four years in UNC uniforms.

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