The North Carolina Tar Heels are a pretty decent team this season, ranking No. 12 in the latest AP Poll. They’re sitting on an 11-3 record and even have a big win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs. In turn, one would think Cameron Johnson would be receiving more publication in terms relative to the NBA Draft.
They’re best statistical, and possibly best overall, player is not getting talked about a whole lot. Most of the attention, however, is going to Nassir Little. Rightfully so, even. He’s a phenomenal athlete who impacts the game on all levels. He also came to the college basketball landscape with far more NBA-level hype.
Still, it’s the play of forward Cameron Johnson that should be getting most of the love. He’s been absolutely fantastic this season. As it currently stands, he is projected as a second-round talent.
He could be the steal of the NBA Draft, though. Considering he is an excellent shooter, and has been improving on his defense since he arrived at UNC, it’s time he gets more attention in that regard.
The former Pittsburgh Panthers talent is absolutely a professional shooter. He hits from nearly every spot on the floor. He’s also gotten better about creating his own shot this season, which will only strengthen his draft prospects.
Behold his stats and stare in awe at his shooting numbers:
- 16.2 PPG, 1.3 SPG, 2.0 APG, 5.8 RPG
- 50.6 FG%, 48.8 3P%, 81.0 FT%
- 127.5 ORtg, 93.3 DRtg, 24.4 PER
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. Moreover, he’s had four 20-point games. Johnson has also shot no worse than 40 percent from beyond the arc in his last six games. He’s been showing a knack for mid-range pull ups as well, being able to create for others with his drives and his general strength as a shooter.
While Johnson is an excellent shooter, he can also post up smaller defenders and be efficient about it. He gets a shot he wants almost every time, whether it’s a turnaround jumper or a shot right at the rim. The veteran can also score fairly well off the dribble, with his better than appreciated athleticism helping in that area.
The senior will have to work on scoring in traffic and drawing more free throws, but he has a floor most teams should covet. He doesn’t have to be hidden on defense too much and he can make shots from every level while providing a bit of penetration into the paint of his own.
At the end of the day, Cameron Johnson is going to be overlooked because he’s older than most other players in this draft (if not all of them), but that just means he’s got more experience and should be able to plug in and play right away. An NBA franchise will certainly value that.
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