Eight remain for South Carolina big man

While he has plenty of personality, Brice Johnson tends to get a little quiet when asked to talk about himself. However soft-spoken he may be off the court, his play has been speaking for him on the court.
A four-star prospect who currently ranks No. 103 nationally in the 2012 Rivals150, the 6-foot-9 power forward from Cordova (S.C.) Edisto will see his ranking climb when the rankings are next updated thanks to a huge summer.
Not surprisingly, schools from all across the country have come calling and for now, Johnson has settled on eight programs that he'll consider.
"I've got it down to a final eight," Johnson told "I'm considering Florida, North Carolina, UConn, N.C. State, Ohio State, Baylor, South Carolina and Clemson."
This Saturday, Johnson will visit North Carolina unofficially and he makes it clear that everybody is on equal footing.
As for his big summer, the quick and athletic big man said he didn't go out with any kind of plan or desire to boost his stock, he just wanted to play.
"I just wanted to play basketball," said Johnson. "It wasn't that I wanted to have a big summer, I just wanted to play basketball."
Asked to expand on what allowed him to take his game to the next level, Johnson remained a bit shy.
"I guess it's just working hard by myself," said Johnson of why he played so well. "I was shooting it a bit better."
Longtime summer coach Dion Bethea, though, was able to offer a bit more on the improvement of Johnson who spent the summer blocking shots, dunking on people and hitting short to medium range jumpers.
"I saw a lot of maturity," said Bethea. "I felt for once he saw the other level of competition. He kept growing into a real competitive player and just kept getting better.
"He had a really busy spring and summer. The better the competition got, the better he got."
According to Johnson, he's hoping to make an additional cut to his list soon and get down to five schools that he would like to visit officially. Not surprisingly, he'll look at the school, the staff and would prefer a place that plays a running game.
"I'll look at the kind of environment I'll be in," said Johnson. "Where am I going to be taking classes and stuff like that. I'm looking for a program that runs a lot and doesn't really slow the game down."