In a story that came out a couple of days ago, it seems that another point guard from the 2014 class, Joel Berry, has been extended a scholarship offer from the North Carolina basketball program. Roy Williams’ offer is the eleventh that the floor general from Lake Highland Prep (Florida) has received so far. Other schools that have already offered the 6’2″/180 lbs guard are: Florida, FSU, Miami, UCF, USF, Kansas, Marquette, Maryland, N.C. State and OSU. With as much time as there is still in the recuiting process you would have to believe that the number of programs looking at the young man will keep mounting.
“I’m not favoring anyone right now. I’m just open and sitting back and taking it all in,” said Berry, who also said he was thrilled to speak with Tar Heels’ head coach Roy Williams on the phone Sunday night. “I was pretty excited. UNC is such a great program and to be blessed to get that offer it was just a great feeling.”
Having a look around the recruiting sites it seems that Rivals gives the young man just four stars, placing him as the 25th best player in the `14 class. Over at Scout the young man from the sunshine state is ranked 21st overall in his class, while being dubbed the fifth best player at his position. Finally, at ESPN have the floor general as the 14th best in the 2014 class, while being the third best at his position. To be added that both Scout and ESPN have Berry as a five star recruit, while I could not find anything on the young man over at 247 Sports.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaSjUJ4Ow2k&w=640&h=360]From what I been able to read around the internet about Berry is that he is a point guard that can lead his team while also being a top level scorer. From an article in the Orlando Sentinel it said that the young man averaged 23.4 points per game his sophomore season, however he can also find the open man for the assist, which can happen often as he is known to drive strong to the basket. There were also praises about his defensive skills. Of course, as all players this age, there is always room for improvement, and from what I have read, in this case the biggest step for Berry is working on his weak hand dribble. But that should not be a problem, between his high school team and his AAU one, Each 1 Teach 1, he will have plenty of games and practices to get to where he needs to be in all facets of his game.
This offer definitely caught me by surprise, as Joel Berry will be the second point guard from this class to be offered a scholarship, as I posted about a week ago, Tyus Jones, the top prospect at the one slot for this class was the first one, from the North Carolina basketball program. Adding to this the fact that Nate Britt is already committed to the Tar Heels and that is a lot of floor generals that coach Williams is hoping to have at Chapel Hill. For more information on Carolina basketball and/or football make sure to check back often on isportsweb!