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CHAPEL HILL — Puff Johnson, the younger brother of Cameron Johnson, on Tuesday verbally committed to play basketball for North Carolina.

The elder Johnson played for the Tar Heels the last two seasons, being named All-ACC last year before he was the No. 11 pick in the NBA Draft in June.

Puff Johnson, a 6-foot-7 wing, is ranked as the No. 39 overall prospect in the class of 2020 by 247 Sports. The four-star recruit joins guards Caleb Love and R.J. Davis and five-star forwards Walker Kessler and Day'Ron Sharpe in the Tar Heels' next recruiting class.

The Pennsylvania native who transferred to Phoenix’ Hillcrest Prep for his senior season chose UNC over offers from Arizona, Auburn, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Ohio State.

Johnson could play the 2, 3 or 4 positions for the Heels.

 

Top-30 recruit Mark Williams picks Duke

BRADENTON, Fla. — The No. 29 recruit in the 2020 class, Mark Williams, verbally committed to Duke last Friday, according to a report by 247Sports.

Williams is a 7-foot, 225-pound post player. A Virginia native, Williams is finishing up his high school career at IMG Academy, according to the report. He took a visit to Duke last weekend after visiting Michigan and UCLA.

 

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App St.'s Cook a Burlsworth Trophy candidate

BOONE — Appalachian State senior linebacker Noel Cook is one of 83 nominees nationally for the Burlsworth Trophy, which goes to the most outstanding FBS player who began his career as a walk-on.

Cook, who enrolled early at App State as an invited walk-on, ranks third on the Mountaineers this season with 52 tackles, including 4½ tackles for loss and 2½ sacks. He led the team with eight tackles against Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 19 and shared the team lead with seven stops at South Alabama a week later.

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