The Los Angeles Clippers selected Brice Johnson with the No. 25 overall pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
“I’ve been a nervous wreck for most of the night,” Johnson said after his selection. “It’s surreal right now. I’m really blessed to be able to have the opportunity to play in the NBA. I’m just thankful right now.”
Johnson, who graduated in May with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science, earned consensus All-American honors following a senior season in which he led North Carolina to the ACC regular season and tournament championships, as well as a spot in the national championship game.
The Orangeburg, S.C. native averaged team highs in points (17.0), rebounds (10.4), blocks (1.5) and field goal percentage (61.4). He set a UNC record with 23 double-doubles, breaking Billy Cunningham’s record of 22 double-doubles set back in 1964. Johnson became the first Tar Heel to average a double-double and shoot 60 percent from the floor in over 40 years (1975).
The 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward was named a first-team All-American by seven media outlets, including the Associated Press, USBWA and USA Today.
Johnson is the 47th Tar Heel to be selected in the NBA Draft’s first round (109th overall) and the 16th to play for Roy Williams (20th overall at UNC).