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Following his visit to North Carolina this week, transferring Pittsburgh sophomore forward Cam Johnson is nearing a decision.
Johnson, who averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assist last season at Pittsburgh, is also considering Kentucky, Arizona, UCLA and Oregon, among others.
“I don’t have a solid drop-dead date on anything, but I’m getting a little closer with my decision-making process and I anticipate something sooner rather than later, in terms of progress with my decision and the situation with Pittsburgh,” he told InsideCarolina.com. “If there’s some progress with Pittsburgh that will mean something, and if there’s not then that will mean something too.”
Pittsburgh is blocking his transfer to the reigning NCAA champs, meaning he would have to sit out the 2017-18 season despite being a grad transfer.
Meantime, Johnson played pickup with a Who’s Who of former UNC players and got a feel for the program.
“I joined the pickup game probably about half-way through,” he told InsideCarolina.com. “It was my first time playing in quite a while. I just wanted to get out there and get a run in and it felt good. Rasheed Wallace, Kendall Marshall, Marcus Paige, Tyler Hansbrough were there and it was a good game. I already knew all this, but Joel (Berry) is a very good point guard. He can shoot, score and defend. I think I got along well with him. Same with Luke (Maye) and Theo (Pinson) also. We were all on the same team. I think it’ll definitely work out well on the court if the opportunity arises to play there.”
Johnson could be an ideal replacement for junior Justin Jackson, a projected lottery pick in the June 22 NBA Draft.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.