CHAPEL HILL – University of North Carolina senior forward Brice Johnson is a unanimous selection to the 2016 All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Johnson and Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon were both unanimous selections receiving first-team votes on all 51 ballots cast. Brogdon was named the ACC’s Player of the Year with Johnson finishing second.
Tar Heel junior Isaiah Hicks is the ACC’s Sixth Man of the Year. The Oxford, N.C., native is averaging 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 60.6 percent from the floor.
Johnson is Carolina’s 74th first-team selection, which is seven more than any other school. Johnson is the 16th Tar Heel to be a unanimous choice and the fifth to accomplish that in the last quarter century (with Antawn Jamison in 1998, Joseph Forte in 2001, Tyler Hansbrough in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 and Tyler Zeller in 2012).
The Orangeburg, S.C., native earned third-team All-ACC honors a year ago. He leads the ACC in rebounding (10.8), field goal percentage (.606) and double-doubles (19) and is sixth in scoring (16.8).
Johnson and Hicks led the Tar Heels to a 14-4 record en route to the 2016 ACC regular-season championship. Johnson had 18 points and 21 rebounds in Carolina’s ACC clinching victory at Duke on Saturday evening. He had 47 points and 40 rebounds in the two games this season against the Blue Devils.
Sophomore Justin Jackson and senior Marcus Paige received all-conference votes and were honorable mention selections. Sophomore point guard Joel Berry II was sixth in the balloting for most improved player.