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Draft Perspective: NBA Fits For Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige

Brice Johnson didn’t even know he was on the Clippers’ radar when they were selecting at 25, and now he is an integral part of their future. In Los Angeles, he’ll join a talented frontcourt in center DeAndre Jordan and power forward Blake Griffin. Unlike Johnson and the Clippers, Mrcus Paige did work out for the Jazz during the pre-Draft process. (

Pro Tar Heels React to Brice Johnson's Pick

The Carolina Family reacts to Brice Johnson's selection by the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Draft. Johnson was picked 25th. (Tar Heel Blog)

Internet Roasts Brice Johnson For Supercuts Endorsement

It was draft day for Brice Johnson and he started it like many other players, by getting a haircut. The former North Carolina forward posted his haircut as an ad via twitter early in the day. The twitter community seemed to think Johnson could have gone for a better haircut, and the roasting began. (All Day Sports)

Marcus Paige Goes In Second Round

The Brooklyn Nets selected North Carolina's Marcus Paige in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft with the 55th overall pick on Thursday night in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Nets then traded Paige to the Utah Jazz. Paige was the first three-time captain and only four-time defensive player of the year in Carolina Basketball history. (

ESPN's Jay Bilas thinks Marcus Paige can stick in the NBA

ESPN’s Jay Bilas said he thinks Marcus Paige could stick in the NBA after the North Carolina guard was taken by the Utah Jazz in the second round of Thursday night’s NBA Draft. “I’m really glad to see Marcus Paige get drafted, because this guy has played so hard and so well at the University of North Carolina, and last year did not shoot the ball as well as he’s capable of shooting it,” Bilas said on ESPN’s draft broadcast. (Carolina Blue)

Jay Bilas: 'I really like' the Brice Johnson pick

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas has been an unabashed fan of former North Carolina star Brice Johnson’s game. And he had plenty to say about it when the Los Angeles Clippers took Johnson with the No. 25 pick in the first round. “Well, his senior year was essentially like a contract year and his motor revved as high as it ever has this last year,” Bilas said. (Carolina Blue)

Utah Jazz Draft UNC's Marcus Paige at No. 55

Make that two Tar Heels on draft night. The Utah Jazz (via a trade with the Brooklyn Nets) have selected Marcus Paige with the 55th pick in the draft. Paige, who enter the draft with borderline second round prospects will get a chance to earn a spot with the Jazz. Paige's selections brings UNC to 110 players taken in the draft and 21 under Roy Williams. (Tar Heel Blog)

Brice Johnson Drafted No. 25 to Los Angeles Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers selected UNC senior forward Brice Johnson with the 25th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Orangeburg, S.C., native is the 47th Tar Heel in history selected in the first round and the 109th Tar Heel taken in the NBA Draft. He is the 16th Tar Heel and 27th player coached by Roy Williams at Kansas and UNC to be selected in the first round. (

Brice Johnson goes No. 25 to the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have selected former UNC forward Brice Johnson with the No. 25 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. Johnson is a 6-10, 230-pound prospect. He enters the NBA as one of the better rebounders and interior scorers in college basketball last season. Incredibly athletic and an elite leaper, Johnson can knock down the mid-range jumper and score from anywhere in the paint. (Carolina Blue)

Chansky’s Notebook: A Second Ty Lawson?

Seventh Woods sounds like the second coming. With all the hoopla over Duke’s next big recruiting class for the coming season, a UNC signee who may be better than all of them has gotten lost in the royal blue publicity. His name is Seventh Woods, a 6-1 point guard from Columbia, South Carolina, who Roy Williams compares, and not lightly, to Ty Lawson. (

Video: Brice Johnson plays a little pre-draft word association

In preview of the draft, the 6-10 former Tar Heel plays a little game of word association. It's worth a watch, just to see what he says about Duke. (Carolina Blue)

Hubert Davis: ‘Marcus Paige is an NBA player’

“Marcus Paige is an NBA player,” Tar Heel assistant Hubert Davis said. “He’s a pro. It would be a mistake if nobody picks him tonight. If nobody does, somebody is going to pick him up right after the draft.” Davis envisions Paige enjoying a long career. “Marcus is going to have a 10-plus year career because, one, he can play." (ACC Sports Journal)

Day of the draft: Brice Johnson in final 2016 NBA Mock Drafts

The 2016 NBA Draft is tonight. By late Thursday night 60 prospects will have their dreams come true when their name is announced. Former North Carolina seniors Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige are the two Tar Heels who could be drafted. Johnson is projected to go late in the first round to early in the second. Paige will be picked late in the second round or go undrafted. (Carolina Blue)

Brice Johnson: From Orangeburg, all the way to the NBA

Most mock drafts have Brice Johnson, a former Edisto standout, going in the mid-to-late first round. He’s looking to become the first South Carolina-born player to be drafted since the Detroit Pistons picked Porter-Gaud’s Khris Middleton in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Currently, there are only four players born in South Carolina on NBA rosters. (The State)

Conversation with Former Tar Heel Kendall Marshall

Seven years after he took home the camp’s MVP trophy, Kendall Marshall returned to the NBPA Top 100 Camp – as a coach. The record-breaking UNC floor general, who is preparing for his fifth season in the NBA, took a break from his offseason training at UNC to participate in the camp’s coaching program. Marshall’s ties to Chapel Hill remain as strong as ever. (Inside Carolina)

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