The news didn’t necessarily come as a surprise to Cameron Johnson, a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, but nonetheless, he had been hoping for a different outcome. He had been hoping he could play college basketball next season wherever he chose – perhaps even at North Carolina.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 guard who averaged 11.9 points last season for the Panthers, said during a phone interview on Monday that he has “high interest” in transferring to UNC. He likes the way the Tar Heels play, and the interest is mutual: UNC coach Roy Williams likes Johnson, who scored 24 points against the Tar Heels during UNC’s 80-78 home victory against Pitt on Jan. 31.

“If certain things work out, maybe that would be the place to go,” said Johnson, who is considering four other schools. “I wouldn’t want to sit out a year, but my interest level in UNC is high.”

There, though, is Johnson’s conundrum: He could play immediately at some of the schools he is considering. At UNC, he could not. At least that’s how it looks for now, with Pittsburgh limiting Johnson’s options and making it more difficult for him to transfer to a fellow ACC school.