Chansky’s Notebook: Four In A Row?
Seeing Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson all playing pick-up in the Smith Center reminds us of one important streak Carolina can keep going this season. North Carolina will go into the 2018-19 season with the chance of having its fourth straight nationally ranked team with at least two senior starters.
Roy Williams Excited for 2018-19 Season
Roy Williams has a flood of former players arriving in town for camp week, including Marvin Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, and Justin Jackson. And later this week he’s planning to speak with NBA teams on behalf of Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, who hope to be drafted to start their pro careers.
Brice Johnson Waived by Memphis Grizzlies
Brice Johnson was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday in order to make room for MarShon Brooks' 10-day contract. Johnson was traded to the Grizzlies in exchange for James Ennis earlier in the season, though he didn't play a significant role once arriving. Johnson appeared in nine games, averaging 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds across 6.7 minutes.
Carolina Family Reunites in Charlotte
Three former Tar Heel players were on the court for the 140-79 shellacking the Charlotte Hornets put on the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night --- Marcus Paige and Marvin Williams for the Hornets and Brice Johnson for the Grizzlies. Williams played one season at UNC, the 2004-2005 National Championship season. Paige and Johnson arrived at North Carolina in 2013.
It's the end of an era in Chapel Hill
Theo Pinson's and Joel Berry's legacies will live in the Smith Center rafters. On one end is the 2017 national championship banner. On the other will hang Berry’s jersey, next to Justin Jackson’s, down the row from Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. Pinson may not have qualified for official recognition, but the joy he took from being a Tar Heel will radiate for a long time.
After 2 years in exile, basketball is fun again for Brice Johnson
Brice Johnson had lost the joy. For someone like Johnson, that’s saying something. For four years at North Carolina, Johnson was about as emotive a player as there was in college basketball. He may have been a full-grown, 6-foot-10, 230-pound man, but on the basketball court? He was just a big kid playing with a ball. And then he wasn’t. So what happened?
The North Carolina Basketball Record Book (Pre-NCAA Tournament Edition)
Should North Carolina advance to the Final Four, Joel Berry will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever make 100+ three-pointers in a single season (Justin Jackson is the other). Should Carolina advance to the Final Four, Luke Maye will likely become just the second Tar Heel to ever grab 400+ rebounds in a single season (Brice Johnson is the other).
Video: 1 on 1 with Brice Johnson
NBA Digital Content Reporter Alexis Morgan speaks with former North Carolina and current Memphis Grizzlies forward Brice Johnson on his NCAA tournament memories, this season's Tar Heels, and more in this 1 on 1 series.
Brendan Haywood on UNC's Coaching, NCAA Chances
Brendan Haywood: "Carolina is capable of knocking off anybody. They don't have the Kennedy Meeks and the Brice Johnson and the Isaiah Hicks, those type of player anymore, so they are basically playing through the perimeter. When they are hot they can beat anybody, but at the same time when those shots aren't falling, it can be a tough time for them."
Grizzlies assign Brice Johnson to Memphis Hustle
The Memphis Grizzlies have assigned forward Brice Johnson to the Memphis Hustle, the team’s NBA G League affiliate. Johnson, acquired from the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 8, has appeared in 24 G League games this season and has averaged 13.4 points, 9.5 rebounds. The 23-year-old was selected out of UNC with the 25th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.
Brice Johnson Traded to Memphis Grizzlies
The Detroit Pistons made another move prior to today's NBA trade deadline, acquiring 6-7 forward James Ennis from the Memphis Grizzlies for Brice Johnson and a second-round pick, according to ESPN. Johnson was acquired last week from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Blake Griffin trade. He was assigned to the G League Grand Rapids Drive on Wednesday.
Newest Piston Brice Johnson could get an actual opportunity in Detroit
Brice Johnson will be 24 years old this summer, and it’s a decent enough sign that the Pistons haven’t waived him already. They want to see up close and for themselves if he’s worth developing as a forward prospect off the bench. Keep in mind that at the moment the Pistons roster is power forward heavy with Griffin, Anthony Tolliver and Henry Ellenson in front of him.
Tar Heels Today: Clemson preview, football recruiting note, and the end of small ball?
UNC basketball in the AP and RPI rankings, previewing Clemson, Brice Johnson on the move, the end of "small ball"?! and a football recruiting nugget in Tar Heels Today.
Brice Johnson Traded to Detroit as Part of Blake Griffin Deal
Former UNC forward Brice Johnson is heading to the Detroit Pistons as part of the Blake Griffin deal. Johnson has been with the Los Angeles Clippers organization for the last two seasons after being selected No. 25 in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Clippers are moving Griffin, Johnson, and Willie Reed to the Pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, and Boban Marjanovic.
Video: Brice Johnson Records Another G-League Double-Double
Former North Carolina All-American forward Brice Johnson recorded another NBA G-League double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 rebounds for the Agua Caliente Clippers in a 103-92 win over the Windy City Bulls on Sunday. Former Tar Heel and fellow teammate James Michael McAdoo scored 11 in the win.