Dec 19, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams (right) reacts against the Texas Longhorns during the first half at the Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Shelton Mitchell Commits to Wake Forest; Does this Mean Joel Berry to UNC?


North Carolina head coach Roy Williams seems determined to start each recruiting class off with a point guard.  In 2012 Roy secured the top PG in the class in freshman Marcus Paige and has four star prospect Nate Britt lined up in 2013.  Still Roy has pushed for another PG addition in the 2014 class with offers out to Tyus Jones and Joel Berry.  The Heels were also keeping close tabs on Shelton Mitchell and appeared very interested in his services until he committed to Wake Forest that is.  With Jones favoring other programs like Duke, Minnesota and Michigan State does this mean Berry will be a Tar Heel?

Berry is a five star prospect from Orlando, FL has long been rumored to be a future Heel who has not hid his affection for the program since the start of his recruiting process.  Although Berry was the second PG offered by Carolina (after Jones) it would seem that they are favoring him to be their PG in this class based on the amount of attention they have given the young man.

Despite suffering a knee injury that required surgery the Heels still went down to Florida to visit with Jones and his family and he has an official visit planned to come to Chapel Hill on the 18th (originally reported as the 19th, Berry recently tweeted Marcus Paige he was coming on the 18th).

With Jones and Jahlil Okafor presenting themselves as a package deal and showing more interest in other programs the Heels have turned up the heat on Berry.  Roy Williams recently told him that he wanted him to be his PG and felt that his skills translated well to his program, Berry was very enthusiastic about these comments.  I hate to make predictions or bold statements, especially when it’s about the future of teenagers but this is about as strongly as I’ve felt about a prospect coming to Carolina that I can remember.

Roy and his coaching staff will be very active over the next couple weeks leading up to the Berry visit.  Expect the Heels to continue to pull out all the stops on 2013 top prospect Andrew Wiggins and to make moves on the 2014 and 2015 classes, more on that later at Keeping It Heel.

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  • jessica oxendine

    I hope he becomes a Heel. How could he say no to point guard U? He is a high profile recruit as well. If we get him he could help recruit other players to UNC. I think he will fall in love with the campus and commit soon after the visit.