By Annie Ross
If you’re wondering why the Sixers worked out North Carolina’s Cam Johnson two days before tomorrow night’s draft, here’s the answer:
They want to take him with their No. 24 pick and they might even move up if they have to — they have the 24th overall pick and four second-round selections — Nos. 33, 34, 42 and 54
Johnson, a 6-8 ½, 205-pounder, is a terrific shooter with great range. His defense could improve.
And unlike a lot of kids who are one-and-downe, the western Pennsylvania native spent five years in college.
The Sixers want a pick who can step right in and help them get the to the NBA title.
Johnson began his career at Pitt after a standout high school career at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in Moon Township. He redshirted his freshman season after suffering a shoulder injury. He went on to graduate from Pitt in three years with a communications degree, which made him eligible to transfer without sitting out a year. After the Panthers initially refused to release him to a conference foe, Johnson transferred to UNC with two seasons of eligibility.
This past season, he established himself as one of the nation’s top college players with career highs of 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals, starting all 36 games.
Johnson also shot a career-best 45.7 percent on three-pointers, which ranked seventh in the nation, and became the first Tar Heel to lead the conference in three-point shooting since Raymond Felton in 2005. He was at his best on the road in ACC games, averaging 20.8 points on 58.3 percent shooting, including 57.4 percent on three-pointers.