Offers arrive for Berry

Very few players in the country had a better month of July than Joel Berry. With that offers keep coming in for the five-star prospect.

Five-star point guard Joel Berry finished July about as impressively as could be imagined. Not only did he lead his team to the final four of the Peach Jam, but Berry followed that up with a dominant showing at the AAU Super Showcase. Now Berry has more and more offers rolling in.

"The summer has been great," said Berry. "We played well during the EYBL, and then the USA Basketball experience was great for me. Going out and playing and winning the gold was a great experience for me."

For Berry he says the experience with USA Basketball is one that he will never forget, and one that taught him a lot and made him a better player.

"I learned a lot," said Berry. "They took me in and told me I had to be more vocal as a point guard. I was able to come back and be more vocal, and that changed my whole game. It was just a great experience."

Recruiting wise schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Duke, and Kansas have all been mentioned with Berry, and now he says four new schools have jumped forward with offers.

"I picked up four recent offers from Ohio State, Maryland, North Carolina State, and Marquette," said Berry. "A lot of other schools have tried to contact me. It has been pretty crazy."

The offer from Ohio State is one that certainly caught Berry's attention.

"It's a good offer," said Berry. "Coach (Thad) Matta is a great coach and they have a great basketball program there in the Big Ten. That's a good situation for a guard to go in to, and I am very interested."

Also when it comes to North Carolina State, Berry says that the Wolfpack have just recently really jumped in to the mix.

"They just got in to the recruitment," Berry explained. "They have sent me letters and talked to me a little bit. I don't know a lot about the program, but I want to know more and get to know them better."

North Carolina was seen tracking Berry at a lot of his games in Orlando. Berry says the interest between the two parties as been significant.

"I like North Carolina, especially with the point guards they have had and how they build their point guards up," said Berry. "Coach Roy Williams has been at a lot of my games and Coach (C.B.) McGrath has contacted me a lot, so I am pretty high with them right now."

For now Berry isn't putting a timetable on his decision. Instead he is just focusing on a few specific criteria when evaluating the schools involved in his recruitment.

"Really I look at the academics and just a school that fits my play," he said.


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