July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA West forward Justin Jackson (14) drives to the hoop against USA Midwest during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball Recruiting: With Joel Berry in Hand, Who's Next?

Point guard Joel Berry become the first prospect to commit to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2014 class.  Berry committed to Carolina after a weekend visit to Chapel Hill where he took in Saturdays game against Maryland at the Dean Dome.  Berry didn’t expect to commit after just one official visit but after sitting in the stands and hearing his name called, he knew UNC was the place for him.  So now that Roy Williams has his PG in the 2014 class, who’s next?

UNC is in pursuit of the top prep player in the world Andrew Wiggins who is not expected to make his decision for a few months after he takes his official visits in March.  It’s more likely that the next commitment will come from the 2014 where the Heels have been very active on the recruiting trail and have a big need for perimeter players.

The 2014 season is a big opportunity for freshman perimeter players to play right away.  Only J.P. Tokoto from the current roster will still be around in 2014 and Carolina didn’t add any in the 2013 class.

Roy recently traveled to Texas to visit with small forward Justin Jackson and watched Theo Pinson on Monday night.  The coaching staff has also spent a lot of time lately looking at other perimeter prospects such as Rashad Vaughn and D’Angelo Russell with Grayson Allen and Jalen Lindsey also in the mix.  With their PG now in hand they will continue to make the perimeter the main focus and try and collect several top prospects in the 2014 class.

UNC has also had their eye on a couple of big men with Jahlil Okafor with the only offer and Isaac Copeland also receiving a lot of attention.  Okafor recently commented that UNC is showing him the most attention although he has been linked to PG Tyus Jones who held an offer from UNC but won’t be in Chapel Hill with Berry now committed depending on how concrete their plans to go to the same college are the pursuit for Okafor could already be in serious jeopardy.

I expect UNC to add at least one big man and three or four perimeter players in a big haul.  Justin Jackson has been the most closely linked to Carolina of those with an offer.  Jackson has been to Carolina basketball camps since his eighth grade summer and visited Chapel Hill for Late Night with Roy along with his recent in home visit.  During his in home visit although UNC did not push for a commitment yet they did discuss bringing Jackson to Chapel Hill for a visit soon.

In response to a congratulatory tweet from Jackson Berry told Jackson that it is now his turn to commit to Carolina.

 

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