KOTB: Noel Johnson Spotlight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. --- The Tar Heels are clearly looking to pick up a wing or two in the 2009 class, as they already have scholarship offers out to a handful of prospects. Among the group with offers is Fayetteville (Ga.) Fayette County standout Noel Johnson.

On Wednesday, Johnson looked deserving of a scholarship from any school in the country, as he exploded for 46 points on 16-for-26 shooting in the first round of the King of the Bluegrass.

"I was just trying to get my teammates involved really, but I just had the hot hand," said Johnson, a 6-foot-6 swingman.

The 28th-ranked overall prospect in the 2009 class caught fire early on and never let up. While he mixed in four three-pointers, the majority of his points came off of his mid-range game, where he was able to hit 15-foot pull up jumpers and floaters around the basket.

Following the game, Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound wing, recited a top five of USC, Georgia Tech, Memphis, Louisville and Ohio State. To go with those five he also claimed scholarship offers from UCLA, Oregon, Michigan State, Memphis, Texas, UNLV and North Carolina.

Although the Tar Heels aren't his top group of schools, they are making an effort to recruit him. An assistant coach was in to see him recently and Johnson said he speaks to head coach Roy Williams on a consistent basis.

"I've talked to Roy Williams a lot on the phone," Johnson said. "At least probably once a week with my dad and they've built a great relationship, too."

The talented wing prospect doesn't have any plans to make a college decision in the near future. He did, however, say that he would like to sign in the early period next November.

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