Roy Williams Meets with Cameron Johnson
Roy Williams met with his seniors and grad transfer Cameron Johnson on Monday following UNC’s exit from the NCAA Tournament. Johnson, who has a year of eligibility remaining, said Sunday’s that he had not made a decision regarding his plans for next season. The NBA Draft early eligibility deadline is Apr. 22, while the early entry withdrawal deadline is 5 p.m. on June 11.
The Agony of Defeat
Cameron Johnson sat by his locker silent and stunned. After speaking with reporters, the North Carolina graduate transfer put a towel over his head, looked down, and stared at the floor. With seven television microphones stuffed in his face, UNC junior Kenny Williams struggled to find words for what just happened. North Carolina's season had just ended.
Video: UNC Players Post-Texas A&M Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina fell to Texas A&M, 86-65, in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday, and afterward the Tar Heels discussed the defeat and their season. Here are the interviews from the locker room featuring Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Brandon Robinson, and Andrew Platek.
Video: Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson Pre-Texas A&M Press Conference
North Carolina's Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, and Luke Maye speak with the media on Saturday ahead of the Tar Heels' game against Texas A&M Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
UNC vs. Texas A&M Preview
Texas A&M plays an incredibly big lineup, especially when compared to UNC. The Aggies have the sixth tallest team, and start three players who are at least 6-foot-9, while the Tar Heels start no players over 6-foot-8. This will put pressure on Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson and Theo Pinson in the starting lineup as they will all be forced to guard bigger players.
Roy Williams, Tradition Led Cameron Johnson to UNC
This time a year ago, Cameron Johnson's basketball season at Pittsburgh was over. With one NCAA Tournament game in two collegiate seasons, Johnson focused his eventual graduate transfer efforts on finding a basketball program with both a family dynamic and legitimate postseason aspirations. Enter North Carolina, the 2017 NCAA national champions.
Video: UNC Players Post-Lipscomb Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday by defeating Lipscomb, 84-66, at Spectrum Center and is now one game away from the Sweet 16 of the West Region. Here is what Kenny Williams, Sterling Manley, Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson, Garrison Brooks, and Cameron Johnson had to say after the game:
Video: UNC Players Pre-Lipscomb Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina's locker room Thursday was loose, fun and confident. The Tar Heels spoke about Friday's first-round NCAA Tournament game versus Lipscomb, their mindset entering the big dance, what they learned in Brooklyn last week, and more. Here is what Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye, Theo Pinson, and Joel Berry had to say:
Cameron Johnson Practices, ‘Full Go’ for Friday
Cameron Johnson was a full participant in North Carolina's offsite practice at Queens College on Thursday. The 6-8 graduate transfer forward told Inside Carolina that he fully expects to play on Friday when the Tar Heels take on the Lipscomb Bisons at 2:45 p.m. "We're pretty much getting back to a normal state, right now," Johnson said.
Lucas: Carolina Basketball Notebook
UNC went through a full practice Wednesday before the team's open practice at the Spectrum Center. Notably for the Tar Heels, Cameron Johnson went through the full session. "Cam practiced this morning and he got through it and didn't seem to have any problems," Roy Williams said. "I expect him to be full go." Johnson's outside shooting is integral to UNC's success.
What does UNC miss most if Cameron Johnson can’t play?
After back injury cost him the final six minutes of the ACC Tournament championship game, Cameron Johnson is yet to return to action for North Carolina. According to multiple media reports, Johnson was held out of Tuesday’s 30-minute shootaround and weight session. Roy Williams also stated that if UNC had to play Tuesday, Cameron Johnson would sit out.
Injured Cameron Johnson Would Sit Today, But Maybe Not Friday
If North Carolina played its first-round NCAA Tournament game Tuesday, Cameron Johnson would be in street clothes. Johnson was banged up during the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, with Saturday’s spill further inflaming an increasingly bad back to the point where if the Tar Heels faced Lipscomb in their NCAA opener Tuesday, he wouldn’t be available.
Video: UNC Players Pre-NCAA Interviews
On Tuesday at the Smith Center, some of the Tar Heels spoke about recovering from their four-game run in the ACC Tournament, their mental approach entering the NCAA Tournament, and for Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, that this is their final ride. Here is what Berry, Pinson, Kenny Williams and Cameron Johnson had to say:
Roy Williams Provides Injury Update on Cameron Johnson
Roy Williams provided an update on the injury status of UNC forward Cameron Johnson on Monday. “His body is beaten up a little bit, but with yesterday and today off, if we had practiced today, I think he would have practiced at least part of the practice," Williams told host Jones Angell. "Hopefully with shootaround and the things we’re doing tomorrow he’ll feel better.”
Video: UNC Players Post-Virginia Locker Room Interviews
North Carolina fell to Virginia 71-63 on Saturday night in the ACC Tournament Finals in Brooklyn, New York. Here is what Luke Maye, Cameron Johnson, Joel Berry, Kenny Williams, and Theo Pinson had to say following the game.