CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were included on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday.
Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward, leads UNC in scoring (16.7) and rebounding (10.2). The Orangeburg, S.C. native leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.644) and has been named the league's player of the week twice this season. He posted career highs in points (39) and rebounds (23) in UNC's 106-90 win over Florida State on Jan. 4.
Paige, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard, is second on the team in scoring (15,1) after missing the first six games of the season due to a broken right hand. The Marion, Iowa native ranks second in the ACC in assist-turnover ratio (5.6), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (41.7) and 10th in assists (4.1).
Both players rank top-10 nationally in individual offensive efficiency, according to kenpom.com.
Tar Heel greats Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Antawn Jamison and Tyler Hansbrough are previous winners of the award, now in its 40th season.
The Wooden Award, which is presented to the nation's best player annually, will serve as the anchor presentation of the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show during the weekend of April 7-9. The list of candidates will be further cut to 20 in early February and the final 15 will be submitted to voters prior to the start of the NCAA Tournament.