UNC Basketball Recruiting: Roy Williams After 2014 PGs

Early in the recruiting season the Keeping It Heel staff debated the strategy on recruiting a point guard in the 2014 class.  Roy Williams already has two outstanding talents at the point in incoming freshman Marcus Paige and Nate Britt in 2013.

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With Garner Webb transfer Luke Davis in hand and Stillman White returning from his mission in 2014, the urgency around obtaining a high end PG didn’t appear to be a high priority.  Over the last week the Tar Heels have blown that theory into pieces with offers to Tyus Jones, the top PG in the class and Joel Berry III.

The Heels were caught with their pants down so to speak with a complete lack of depth at the position at the most critical time of the season, resulting in an Elite 8 loss to Kansas.  Roy appears to be on a mission to prevent that from ever happening again. UNC fans have been clamoring for a Berry offer.  A fan of the program growing up, Berry has become a fan favorite, especially after his impressive showing against Julius Randle on ESPN in July.

UNC is up to 10 or 11 offers (depending on the Jahlil Okafor situation) after offering Jones and Berry between the 2013 and 2014 classes.  UNC has been extremely aggressive pursuing the top talents in the country and offers have come in bunches this summer.  August is typically a very exciting time in the recruiting world.  Coaches are rounding out their offers, players are cutting lists, some are finally making decisions and others are setting timelines for future decisions.

Both players fit Carolinas system very well.  I like Jones’ game more and as the top PG in the class and the one who got the first offer he is the top target at the position.  But he’s also the tougher get of the two players (more on that tomorrow) and with Paige and Britt already lined up, it’s going to take a perfect storm to get Jones to Chapel Hill.  As for Berry, I don’t think a decision will come immediately, but I don’t think he will end up taking the offer to play for his favorite team.

Which PG do you think will commit to Carolina in the 2014 class?

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  • Ahhines

    I think it will be berry! I think he will wait a bit but I think he will commit to unc

    • Captain Arctic

      Might all depend on what Britt and Paige do.

  • http://twitter.com/coltsguy510 John Vogt

    Berry, I agree with Ahhines on him waiting.

  • Sevy

    Berry is gonna be the best point Guard in his class,when its all said & done.Kid is an absolute beast & is only getting better

  • Josh

    I hope we get Berry,he’s the type of player we need at Carolina.Very good basketball IQ & will be the best point Guard when its all said & done

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      he’s a big time player but I like Jones better myself

  • Captain Arctic

    Why is everyone so high on Berry? Is he in the bag for UNC??

    • http://twitter.com/coltsguy510 John Vogt

      That’s what most people think. He told a dook fan straight up on Twitter that UNC was his dream school, said that this was the offer he was waiting for, retweets UNC stuff all the time, and fits our style of play.

      • Captain Arctic

        Ahh – now it makes sense. It’s fun trying to predict these classes. We need to get all the regular commenters in a pool and see who wins.

        • http://twitter.com/coltsguy510 John Vogt

          That’s a pretty good idea!!!

          • Keeping_It_Heel

            forum will be up in 2 weeks

        • http://twitter.com/coltsguy510 John Vogt

          We could make a thread about it when the forum comes out.

          • Captain Arctic

            Sounds good. You guys will have to spot me a point or two though since I’m a UK fan and don’t know UNC like you guys do. But I’ like to think I have a pretty good idea of who you will get. You, ahhines, Kyle Renn, and Matt should be all in.

          • http://twitter.com/coltsguy510 John Vogt

            You know about UK, so that’s an advantage over us. WWe should do one for UK and one for UNC.

          • Captain Arctic

            Yes – good idea. Look forward to it.

  • Sevy

    He’s in the bag compared to any other Top Point guard in 2014.I would compare him to a Taller Ty Lawson.Strong,Quick,Know when to attack defenses & dish to Teammates.Britt & Berry together would be dynamic duo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/k.renntp Kyle Renn

    Tonight Clint Jackson (the recruiting analyst who runs Tar Heel Illustrated) was on a radio show and Jahil Okahfor’s recruitment came up and he does have an offer and has since this past winter but Vonleh was the first of the 2014 class to get an offer.

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      I respect Clint a lot and if he said it it’s probably true. However what your saying doesn’t make sense. Vonleh was offered on May 3rd by UNC. U are saying Okafor has had an offer since last winter yet Vonleh was the 1st offer? Dates aren’t matching up and sources from the University have confirmed all offers with the exception of Jahlil so the situation is still a bit merky at best. http://keepingitheel.com/2012/05/03/unc-basketball-recruiting-tar-heels-offer-noah-vonleh/

  • Captain Arctic

    New Scout Top 10 out for 2013:
    1. Jabari Parker
    2. Andrew Harrison
    3. Aaron Harrison
    4. Julius Randle
    5. Aaron Gordon
    6. Kasey Hill
    7. Chris Walker
    8. James Young
    9. Anthony Barber
    10. Rondae Jefferson

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