Johnson: 'Carolina still leads'

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- While junior phenom Luol Deng was tearing up the competition, thriving in the fast-paced setting of the Southern Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Brian Johnson was plagued by the typical problems that post players face in AAU ball.

"He hasn't gotten a lot of good open looks," IC's Clint Jackson reported from Charlottesville. "He has struggled in the chaotic AAU atmosphere and hasn't scored as much as he usually does. Guards are going to shine in this setting, but it's tough on big men.

"He has rebounded quite well, though, doing a good job of hitting the offensive boards. His scoring highlight of the game was a pretty up-and-under move."

After Johnson's D.C. Blue Devils topped the Diaper Dans (Va.) on Saturday afternoon, Jackson spoke with the star 6-9 sophomore.

"North Carolina still leads," Johnson said, adding that Florida, Maryland and Georgetown round out his list. "Florida is still in second, but hasn't been as aggressive lately."

The Tar Heels coaching staff has made Johnson a top priority in the Class of 2004, already extending a scholarship offer, and have been in frequent contact.

"Carolina was up to see me at an open gym and they still want me," Johnson said. "I'm not quite sure as to when I'm going to decide. I may take my time -- I'm not sure yet."

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