Johnson waiting on UNC

You can bet that the previous regime would have wasted little time before dialing Brian Johnson's number this past week, a time during the summer when coaches are allowed to call recruits.

However, the new staff has yet to speak with the coveted 6-9, 235-pound rising senior this week - as a school is allowed one phone call to a recruit from June 24-30.

"It just makes me wonder why," Johnson said. "I'm not sure why they haven't called yet. I thought they would call me by now. I hope they are still interested in me."

Johnson's interest in North Carolina is still strong, but it's unlikely that it will continue unless the staff shows mutual interest in the coming month. Johnson said that Roy Williams told him to hold off in making his decision for a while so the new staff can effectively evaluate him this summer.

Johnson has also basically ruled out Duke and Maryland, so his list has changed dramatically since the start of his junior campaign. Now UNC will also have to beat out Florida and Louisville for his services if they want Johnson after evaluating him in July. Other schools, such as Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Notre Dame and N.C. State have also called of late.

"The two leaders right now are Carolina and Louisville," Johnson said. "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.

Despite having to convince Williams that he is worthy of a scholarship, Johnson doesn't regret taking his time and not jumping at the offer from Matt Doherty.

"I don't regret it because if it's in it for me to go to North Carolina, then I'll end up there," Johnson said.

Johnson, who is still not 100 percent after suffering a knee sprain earlier in the summer, will leave this weekend for the Nike All-American Camp in Indianapolis and will then travel to the Peach Jam with the D.C. Blue Devils. He still plans on making his decision in the fall.


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