Classes have started up again and many students have begun to return to Chapel Hill. As UNC students get back into their routines, some former North Carolina men's basketball players are getting back to work too — but their campus looks a bit different.
Instead of Chapel Hill, they’re staying at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, the location of the NBA's restart bubble. With nine Tar Heels in Orlando competing for a NBA title, here's a look at how a few are doing as the regular season comes to a close.
After posting a 26-39 record before the shutdown in March, there weren't high expectations for the Phoenix Suns entering Orlando. However, with the help of former Tar Heel and rookie forward Cameron Johnson, the Suns have shocked NBA fans by going 7-0 and remain the only undefeated team left standing in the bubble. Johnson worked his way into the starting lineup after Dario Šarić was removed from the final scrimmage with an ankle injury. Since then, the rookie has made some noise, despite the lack of fans in the stands.
Johnson started off by posting double figures against Washington and Dallas, and has been a force on the boards, snagging 12 rebounds against the Indiana Pacers. He shot 4-for-8 from beyond the arc against the Mavericks, which would come at no surprise to most Tar Heel fans, as Johnson has been lethal from the three-point line since his days in Chapel Hill. In a win against the Miami Heat, Johnson became the fastest player in Suns franchise history to reach 100 career three-pointers, surpassing Wesley Person.