Brice Johnson

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Brice Johnson
Brice Johnson, North Carolina Tar Heels versus Pittsburgh Panthers, Feb. 14, 2016.jpg
Johnson while at UNC in 2016
Free agent
PositionPower forward
Personal information
Born (1994-06-27) June 27, 1994 (age 24)
Orangeburg, South Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High schoolEdisto (Orangeburg, South Carolina)
CollegeNorth Carolina (2012–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Clippers
Playing career2016–present
Career history
20162018Los Angeles Clippers
2017Salt Lake City Stars
2017–2018Agua Caliente Clippers
2018Grand Rapids Drive
2018Memphis Grizzlies
2018Memphis Hustle
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jonathan Brice Johnson (born June 27, 1994) is an American basketball player who last played for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for North Carolina, graduating in 2016. He was selected in the first round (25th pick overall) by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2016 NBA draft.

Early life[edit]

Johnson is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina and attended Edisto High School, where his father was the varsity basketball coach. Johnson's mother, Renee Johnson, died from colon cancer when he was a teenager.[1]

College recruitment[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Brice Johnson
PF
Orangeburg, SC Edisto HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Oct 26, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 96

College career[edit]

As a sophomore, Johnson averaged 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.[2] As a junior, Johnson was named third-team All-ACC after averaging 12.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.[3][4]

Johnson's senior season proved to be his most impressive and he collected many accolades. As a senior co-captain, Johnson led the Tar Heels to the outright ACC regular season title, as well as the ACC tournament championship. On January 4, 2016, Johnson scored 39 points and collected 23 rebounds in leading the Tar Heels in a victory over Florida State 106-90. He became the second North Carolina player in its history to score at least 39 points and grab 23 rebounds in a single game, after Billy Cunningham achieved the feat twice in 1964.[5] He was named to the 35-man midseason watchlist for the Naismith Trophy on February 11.[6] On March 27, 2016, Johnson set a new North Carolina school record for most double-doubles in a season. He also tied the North Carolina school record for most rebounds in a season with 399, matching Tyler Hansbrough's 2008 season. On March 29, 2016, Johnson was unanimously selected to the Associated Press' 2015-16 All-America team.[7] Johnson finished the 2015-2016 college basketball season with 416 rebounds, setting a new UNC record for most rebounds in a season, passing Tyler Hansbrough. Brice Johnson playing some of his best basketball in college led the Tar Heels with Marcus Paige to the NCAA men's basketball championship game where they fell short to Villanova 77-74 where he put up 14 points and had 8 rebounds.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Clippers (2016–2018)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Johnson was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the 25th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.[8] On July 12, 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Clippers.[9] On October 8, 2016, he was ruled out indefinitely due to a herniated disk in his lower back.[10] On February 23, 2017, he made his professional debut in a 123–113 loss to the Golden State Warriors, recording two rebounds in two minutes off the bench. During his rookie season, Johnson had multiple assignments to the Salt Lake City Stars of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment rule.[11] On April 10, 2017, he recorded his first 2 points in a 125-96 win over the Houston Rockets.

Memphis Grizzlies (2018)[edit]

On January 29, 2018, Johnson, along with Willie Reed and Blake Griffin, was traded to the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanović, a future protected first-round draft pick and a future second-round draft pick.[12][13] On February 8, the Pistons traded Johnson, along with a 2022 second-round draft pick, to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for James Ennis.[14] On March 27, 2018, Johnson was waived by the Grizzlies.[15]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 L.A. Clippers 3 0 3.1 .286 .000 .000 1.0 .3 .7 .3 1.3
2017–18 L.A. Clippers 9 0 4.2 .636 .000 1.000 1.4 .1 .7 .2 1.8
Career 12 0 3.9 .500 .000 1.000 1.3 .2 .7 .3 1.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brice Johnson remembers his momma's love every time he puts on his jersey". The Daily Tar Heel. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Brice Johnson Stats". Sports Reference. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  3. ^ "ACSMA 2015 All-ACC Basketball Teams Announced". Atlantic Coast Conference. 8 March 2015. Archived from the original on 25 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  4. ^ Carter, Andrew (March 24, 2016). "From quitter to All-American: The odyssey of UNC's Brice Johnson". The News & Observer. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Brice Johnson scores 39 to lead No. 7 UNC past Florida State". USA Today. Associated Press. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  6. ^ Payne, Terrence (February 11, 2016). "Naismith Trophy midseason list announced". Fox Sports. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  7. ^ "UNC's Brice Johnson makes AP All-America team". Associated Press. March 29, 2016. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved March 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "Clippers select Brice Johnson with No. 25 pick of 2016 NBA draft". SI.com. June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  9. ^ "L.A. CLIPPERS SIGN BRICE JOHNSON". NBA.com. July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Turner, Broderick (October 8, 2016). "Clippers rookie Brice Johnson out indefinitely because of herniated disk in lower back". LATimes.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  11. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  12. ^ "Press Release: L.A. Clippers Acquire Harris, Bradley, Marjanović, First & Second-Round Picks". NBA.com. January 29, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Detroit Pistons acquire Blake Griffin, Willie Reed, Brice Johnson from LA Clippers". NBA.com. January 30, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Detroit Pistons Acquire Forward James Ennis III". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 8, 2018.
  15. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies sign MarShon Brooks to 10-day contract Grizzlies Waive Brice Johnson". NBA.com. March 27, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.

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