6'9 Brian Johnson favors Cards, Heels
Johnson, one of the nation's top players in the class of 2004, averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds as a junior last season.
"You have to love the combination of size, agility, strength and determination," TheInsiders National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep said. "There will be a major battle for his services."
Telep ranks the 230 pound Johnson the 4th best Power Forward in the class of 2004.
Johnson has played well on the AAU circuit this spring before spraining his left MCL last week at the 2003 USA Basketball Men's National Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He averaged 13 ppg at the talent laden Kingwood Classic in April and turned in a solid performance at the Nike MDC in Bloomington, IN last month.
Louisville has turned up the heat up on Johnson and it's efforts are apparently paying huge dividends, especially considering UNC's recent lack of interest.
"The two leaders right now are Carolina and Louisville," Johnson told InsideCarolina. "Louisville has always been a school I've been considering in the back of my mind. I got a chance to talk to Coach (Rick) Pitino and he seemed like a nice guy. I want to make it to the NBA and he's coached there."
"North Carolina is the school I've always wanted to go to, but you just can't go there because it's where you love," he added.
Johnson will attend the Nike All America Camp next week in Indianapolis.