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2012 South Carolina big man generating buzz

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The class of 2012 has already developed a reputation for being loaded with high major big men prospects. Included in that group is Cordova (S.C.) Edisto's Brice Johnson.
A skinny, 6-foot-9 power forward, Johnson is currently ranked #63 nationally in the class of 2012 made an impression playing in the spring and summer with Dion Bethea's Carolina Ravens.
"We had to throw him in the fire so early," said Bethea of Johnson. "At Boo Williams he got his first touch of big time basketball and he opened a lot of eyes. Everybody sees that big time potential and everybody's excited about him."
Coaches and scouts alike are excited about the junior big man for good reason. He's quick off the floor, has long arms, can run and is pretty good offensively.
"He's 6-foot-9 and he's very skilled," said Bethea. "He can score with a jump hook , he can score facing the basket and he's real aggressive on the defensive. He blocks a lot of shots."
Not surprisingly, home-state South Carolina has come through with an offer and Clemson should be following suit soon. Among the others who have expressed early interest include Ohio State, Florida, Charlotte and the Colllege of Charleston.
Still, it's very early in the process for Johnson.
"The kid has a chance to do some things that are real special," Bethea told Rivals.com. "What's important to him is going to be the environment and the conference is going to play a factor too. He's not a real banger, so I think that's going to be important."
With two more years of high school to improve and expand his game, Johnson is in no rush to make a decision. For now, it's just about getting better.
"I think he needs to get stronger, that's the first thing," said Bethea. "He's going to have to start working on a signature move, he needs that move that every time he catches it he can score."
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