It’s a different style of play obviously — Coach Dean Smith didn’t let James Worthy (or even Michael Jordan) be as individually dominant as they might have on the floor. But it’s still amazing to note that 6’9″ Tar Heel star Brice Johnson (he may be 6’10”) has bigger numbers across the board than the prototype 6’9″ UNC superstar — hoops legend James Worthy. Whether Johnson will win three NBA championships (as Worthy did) and enter the Hall of Fame on the first ballot is for the future to tell. But in his last year at UNC, Brice Johnson put up numbers that bested Worthy’s across the board.
In his senior season Johnson has averaged 16.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game to Worthy’s 15.6 points and 6.3 rebounds during his last (junior) year at UNC in 1982. Johnson shot an astonishing 61% from the field, while Worthy knocked down an admirable 57% of his shots. Only Worthy’s 2.4 assists topped Johnson’s 1.4. Each man averaged a little over a block per game. Johnson shot 77% from the line to Worthy’s 67%. What Brice Johnson really wants is something beyond that stats: James Worthy’s Tar Heels won the National Championship in 1982, with Worthy being named the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. That’s the way Brice Johnson would like to cap off a Carolina career that obviously puts him in the upper echelon of a great program’s history.
the face you make when conditioning is over…. ?? pic.twitter.com/AQOpTULckL
— Brice Johnson (@bjohnson_23) September 24, 2015