CW: Brian Johson, Marcus Ginyard Spotlight

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The beard is gone, but that's about all that's different with Brian Johnson.

"I'm not allowed to at my school," Johnson said of the James Worthy-like beard he sported this summer, that is prohibited at Bishop O'Connell (Va.).

He's still the same Brian Johnson, though, as his all-around game was on display at the Charlie Weber Invitational on Friday night.

The competition might not have been top-notch, but 14 points, 19 rebounds and eight blocks speaks for itself.

"He does EVERYTHING," analyst Dave Telep commented.

And it's true.

Johnson crashes the boards, blocks shots, puts up points, makes great passes, runs the floor well and hustles for loose balls.

"He's going to be a terrific college player," Telep said.

Again, true.

Clint's Scouting Report

Brian came into the Charlie Weber a little lighter (227 pounds) than he was over the summer. He definitely looked leaner and more athletic than he had a few months earlier. In warm-ups, he glided in sideways for a very impressive tomahawk dunk. We liked the way that he crashed the boards with his 19 rebounds as well as his timely blocked shots. We've seen Johnson play much better in the past than he did tonight, but like always – he just quietly gets it done.

Johnson said North Carolina is still in the driver's seat, but he's in no hurry to make a commitment and plans to take his visits.

"I just want to take my time and have some fun," he said. "I want to see what else is out there."

The other four schools he lists right now are Maryland, Florida, Duke and UCLA.

"I'm tired of going through his mail to get to mine," said teammate Marcus Ginyard.

Marcus Ginyard

Ginyard, a 6-4 sophomore guard, is impressive in his own right – and is an important name for Tar Heel fans to watch in the class of 2005.

Clint's Scouting Report

Marcus Ginyard? I freaking love that kid's game. He's going to be one of the best dozen players in his class, if you ask me. What more can you want from a 6'5 sophomore right now? He's skilled. He's fast. He can shoot. He can play defense. He can run the point, play the two or slide over to the three. We love the way that he hits those smooth mid-range Joseph Forte-ish jumpers in traffic. So many kids don't have the mid-range game that Ginyard has and he's only fifteen years old. He's so mature, so controlled and so solid.

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