Roy Williams and his UNC staff may have to wait a while before they know if Cameron Johnson, Pitt transfer, will be eligible this year, but they are certainly glad that he has decided to join the ‘Heels to finish his college career.
Johnson announced his decision to transfer to North Carolina on ESPN late last week. His decision was made based on the opportunity to play and fit in. He graduated from Pitt in three years, so he is making the move as a graduate, and is going to have to wait to see if he will be granted immediate eligibility. As he told ESPN:
“North Carolina is the best fit for me,” said Johnson, “I like Coach [Roy] Williams, the players, the area. I have family in the area.”
He chose Carolina over Arizona, Kentucky, Oregon, and UCLA.
Johnson chose North Carolina despite restrictions from Pittsburgh that prevent him from playing immediately at another ACC institution.
“It’s still in limbo, but Coach Williams and the staff are confident I will be able to play next year at North Carolina,” he told ESPN. “I trust them.”
Johnson who averaged 11.9ppg last season with the Panthers would give the Tarheels an immediate shot in the arm offensively if he is granted immediate eligibility. But, we are taking a wait and see attitude, as the ACC has routinely held up the one year sit out rule for graduate transfers…so this one is less than settled at this point, and johnson may not know the answer until the season starts, as conference decisions (especially when original decision is appealed) tend to take a long time, with some foot dragging being done.
But, if he is eligible he will give the ‘Heels an experienced running mate for Joel Berry, a key that could help open up the inside game for all the young bigs they have in their freshman class, as well as allow Jalek Felton to learn the offense and mature in November and December to advance and be ready to give Coach Williams a talented backcourt rotation for ACC play!
Johnson joins the 6-3 Felton, 6-4 Shooter Andrew Platek, and a trio of bigs in 6-8 Garrison Brooks, 6-9 Brandon Huffman, and 6-10 Sterling Manley in the North Carolina Class of 2017!