UNC Basketball: How good is 2014 5-star recruit Joel Berry?

Carolina Basketball

Joel Berry

UNC’s 2014 recruiting class is already shaping up to be pretty formidable. The Tar Heels have already landed two 5-star recruits heading into 2014 in Joel Berry and Justin Jackson. 2014 is an extremely strong year for point guards, so it is hard to tell how well Berry measures up to other top point guards in his class.

In short, Berry compares very favorably.

Berry is a 6’0, 188 pound point guard from Apopka, Florida. He plays high school ball at Lake Highland Prep where he averaged 23.8 points, 2.9 assists, and 5.9 rebounds a game as a junior.

At 188 pounds, Berry already boasts a body that is college-ready. While he is a little on the small side at 6’0, he is so gifted athletically that he should have no problem getting wherever he wants at the college level. Early scouting reports on Berry describe the guard as being an excellent ball-handler with a solid frame and good intangibles. Berry doesn’t have the greatest mechanics on his jump shot, and will be looking to improve that as he heads into his senior year at Lake Highland.

By the time Berry arrives in 2014 he will be competing with a veteran Marcus Paige who will be much improved. Williams is also targeting highly coveted recruit; Rashad Vaughn. If UNC does land Vaughn, it will be hard for Berry to find much playing time in a crowded and talented UNC backcourt.