Berry Emerges On UNC Radar

EAGAN, Minn. — Joel Berry has drawn looks from the UNC coaching staff at this weekend's EYBL event and could become a high priority as time progresses.

In light of fall signee Marcus Paige and junior commitment Nate Britt, getting another floor general may not seem a priority for North Carolina. Yet the Tar Heels seek to make certain that they're well-stocked at point guard for the future.

A 6-1 point guard at Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland, Berry possesses good speed in the open court and has a frame that should support plenty of muscle for the college level. He hasn't posted enormous numbers at this weekend's event but is gaining invaluable experience competing against the older, 17-under division of the Nike circuit.

"I'm really trying to develop this spring and summer and think these games will benefit me," Berry said. "I'm just trying to get better every day."

Berry certainly has drawn believers among college coaches. In addition to the interest from the Tar Heels, he claims scholarship offers from Miami and South Florida, and he also has heard from Duke, Kentucky, Florida State, Florida, Auburn and Missouri.

Though UNC's interest at this point is preliminary, Berry said he appreciates the early contact.

"Coach C.B. McGrath stopped by my school to watch me work out last week," Berry said of the UNC assistant's recent visit. "(North Carolina) contacted my high school and set it up. I know they're interested."

Berry doesn't plan to decide anytime soon, but he does possess some familiarity with the program up in Chapel Hill.

"I really like Carolina because of their style of play," he said. "Roy Williams has them running up and down and he lets the players play. He also just seems like a great guy and someone you'd want to play for."

At this point it's too early for Berry to know how strong the pull from in-state suitors will be — and of course UNC likely wouldn't offer until after further evaluation— but the early interest from an elite program bodes well for his enjoying a high-major future, wherever that may be.

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