Speaking in an interview with Adam Lucas of GoHeels.com, North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams spoke about how strong his team will be on the perimeter next season.
Part of the reason for the coach’s optimism is landing Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson, who scored 24 points against the Tar Heels last season.
“He got 24 against us, so I’d like him to get 24 against someone else,” Williams said. “We’re losing Justin Jackson, our leading scorer, so who will step up and score those points and get those minutes? Cam has shown he can do things at this level. I don’t think he’s just a shooter. I think he’s a scorer. I think we want him to be working hard to get on the backboards and be a defensive player. He really wanted to come to North Carolina. There was a lot of stuff he had to go through.”
In 2016-17, Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.4 3-pointers per game in 33 games. He shot 44.9 percent overall, including 41.7 percent from the 3-point line.
Johnson will be in the mix with last season’s starting guards, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson. Berry scored 16.0 points per contest, and Pinson tallied 5.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in 2016-17.
Williams didn’t express nearly as much confidence in his frontcourt, however. Kennedy Meeks, the starting center on last season’s team, and power forward Isaiah Hicks both are pursuing NBA opportunities.
“This year’s team will be strong on the perimeter and will be the most inexperienced team I’ve ever had up front,” Williams said. “Someone will have to step up.”