Johnson Coming Back

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Brice Johnson will return to North Carolina for his senior season, multiple sources confirmed Sunday evening.

“He had two really good months with the ACC Tournament and with the NCAA Tournament,” said his former coach and mentor Dion Bethea. “He felt like he had a lot left to do at Chapel Hill."

Johnson was a major part of the Tar Heels’ inside attack this past season and averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 37 starts during his junior season, earning third team All-ACC honors.

“We look at all the accolades and all the guys that were ahead of him (in high school) for McDonald’s and Jordan (all-star games) and he’s having a really good career,” Bethea said. “With him coming back, I don’t know another power forward coming back that will be better."

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., the 6-9, 228-pounder -- who arrived at UNC out of high school weighing 187 pounds -- has scored 1,038 points during his three years at North Carolina.

Johnson was projected as a second round pick in the 2015 draft by Draft Express and ESPN.

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