The UNC basketball program is bringing back a lot of talent for the 2022-23 season, including four starters and two key reservists from last year.
One of these players is a 6-foot-8 forward. Puff Johnson. Johnson, a rising junior, has played infrequently over the past two seasons, but last season was a big deal for North Carolina.
Because of his performance in the NCAA Tournament, college basketball analyst John Rothstein called Johnson breakout candidate this season.
“America got a glimpse of what Johnson was capable of last season when he scored 11 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes against Kansas. The 6-8 striker has potential and should allow Hubert Davis to expand his bench. Johnson has the talent to be a key third in the North Carolina frontcourt alongside Armando Backot and Northwester Pete Nance.”
Although Johnson will come off the bench again, his importance cannot be underestimated. With his versatility at both ends of the court to play and defend in multiple positions, he is a great tool for Hubert Davis.
Johnson averaged just 3.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per game last year but found success in the national championship game against Kansas.
After 18 minutes. he had 11 points on 5 of 9 from the floor and added six rebounds. In the NCAA Tournament, Johnson averaged 5.0 points on 61.9% shooting.
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