Brice Johnson is fired up for senior year

He has averaged 16.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game

The basketball spirit is more than alive in Chapel Hill. Now over halfway through the season, the UNC Tar Heels have proven themselves a powerhouse, holding an impressive 19-4 record.

One player in particular has contributed enormously to the team’s success: number 11, Brice Johnson. The 6’10” senior from Orangeburg, SC, is on fire. This season, he has averaged 16.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.

Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletics

Photo credit: Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletics

Last Monday against Louisville, Brice led both teams with 11 rebounds. Saturday against Notre Dame, he led both again with 14.

And he hasn’t just been the local buzz – he has earned the national spotlight. Already a three-time ACC Player of the Week winner and a National Player of the Week winner, he was officially announced one of the 20 players on the watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, which will go to the National Player of the Year. He is also one of 10 finalists vying for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.

Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletics University of North Carolina Basketball v Wofford Dean E. Smith Center Chapel Hill, NC Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Photo credit: Jeffrey Camarati/UNC Athletics, Dean E. Smith Center

Brice is giving this season his all. Team managers say the fact it’s his senior year is a major motivator. He takes each game to heart and often stays after practice to put in extra effort. He exudes passion for the game, energizing his fellow teammates and enhancing the chemistry among the players.

Managers said: “When they see him get fired up, it motivates them.”

Keep it up, Brice. We’ll see you Tuesday on the court.