Press Release: Clippers Select Brice Johnson In 2016 NBA Draft | 6/23/16
The L.A. Clippers selected University of North Carolina forward Brice Johnson with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, held this evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Johnson, 21, was a consensus First Team All-American at North Carolina his senior season. The 6-foot-10 inch Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 40 games (all starts), helping lead the Tar Heels to the NCAA National Championship Game. He led the ACC and was fifth in the nation with a UNC-record 23 double-doubles. Johnson had career averages of 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 148 career games (80 starts) in his four years in Chapel Hill.
“Not a lot of people get an opportunity to play in the NBA, so I’m really thankful for it,” Johnson said. “I think I will fit in with this team well with the style they play and the way I played in college. I think I can come in there and be successful.”
The South Carolina native was the Gatorade South Carolina Basketball Player of the Year his junior and senior years at Edisto High School. In addition to basketball, he was a two-time state champion in the high jump and played a year as a wide receiver on the football team.