Head coach Matt Doherty is planning ahead.
He knows that in the changing world of recruiting, high school players are making decisions earlier and earlier.
That's why rising sophomore Brian Johnson made an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on Wednesday, as reported by our Recruiting Insider, Zeke Martins -- and this wasn't Johnson's first trip to UNC. He attended a game at the Dean Dome last season.
Johnson, a 6-9 power forward, attended Arlington (VA) Bishop O'Connell last season, a team coached by the son of DeMatha legend Morgan Wooten.
IC's Recruiting Analyst Clint Jackson reports that Johnson is likely headed to Stu Vetter's Montrose Christian Academy (Md.) this fall.
Johnson attended the preseason football scrimmage at Kenan Stadium Wednesday night and met with the coaching staff afterwards.
"The best word to describe Johnson is 'mature,'" Jackson said. "He's got an impressively mature array of post moves for a player his age, as we've watched him score on bigger, older defenders in the paint. And, he has a lean, yet mature physique."
Jackson said Johnson is an athletic player, running the floor very well, and has long arms which he uses to regularly swat shots and finish strong around the hoop.
According to Jackson, North Carolina and Georgetown are the teams to beat at this point, though it is certainly early in Johnson's recruiting process.