The wait for Cameron Johnson has been a long one because of Pittsburgh’s reluctance to allow him to transfer within the ACC. Johnson seemed set on attending North Carolina next season if Pitt wouldn’t enforce the need to sit out next season. Now that appears to have become reality.
According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels and CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, Johnson has committed to the Tar Heels for next season. Inside Carolina has also confirmed the report. No word on the waiver has been announced, but it seems pretty certain that he wouldn’t be coming to North Carolina unless an agreement was in place.
Johnson said all along that he didn’t want to lose one of his two years of eligibility sitting out next season, understandably. He would have been required to do so unless Kevin Stallings and the Pitt program backed down after a large amount of bad PR surrounding their decision to basically hold a kid who’d already graduated hostage.
Getting Johnson on board for next season is huge for the Tar Heels. As a forward, Johnson can step into a similar role that Justin Jackson played for the national champions last season. He made 42% of his shots from beyond the arc for the Panthers last year.
Pitt needed to do the right thing here, and it seems as though they will. It may have taken a lot of arm twisting on behalf of the national media, if that’s even what finally got us here, but letting him play where he wants is the right thing to do. It’s great news for Carolina, who might have otherwise lost Johnson to another school where he would have been able to play immediately.
Now Roy Williams gets another strong shooter to add to his starting lineup in his quest to defend his national championship. Adding that kind of unexpected production so late in the game is fantastic news.
Johnson says he is still not immediately eligible, which jives with the report that the waiver has not yet been granted. Still, it seems like it must be a matter of time. Hopefully it comes sooner rather than later.
In a text message just now, Cam Johnson says he's not yet immediately eligible for next season. Has committed to UNC, anyway.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) June 6, 2017