Recruiting is a fragile thing, prospects consider many things from atmosphere, program history, the coach and maybe most importantly the role they will play for the programs they are considering. When 2014 point guard Joel Berry committed to North Carolina shortly after his official visit fans and analyst starting drawing up how Roy Williams will utilize three true PGs with current freshman Marcus Page who will be a junior when Berry arrives, 2013 commit Nate Britt and Berry on one roster in 2014. But will it really happen?
Paige and Berry get along well, Paige was Berry’s host on his visit and Berry’s uncle tweeted that coaches can’t be the only recruiters, players have to want to play with other good players, Berry and Paige got along well. I want to remind everyone that going into Kendall Marshall’s sophomore season nobody expected him to go pro after his second year in Chapel Hill, but that’s what happened.
Berry always said that Carolina was his dream school and although it was great when he committed nobody would call it a surprise. As good as Joel Berry is I can’t see him being happy to be a backup alongside Nate Britt on the bench watching Paige start for two years while he waits his turn apart of a three PG rotation. Something I think that is very likely is the fact that both Roy Williams and Paige himself indicated to Berry and his people that it’s very likely if Paige develops the way Marshall did he could either be gone by the time Berry arrives or at least on his way out after Berrys freshman season in 2014.
Who knows what will happen and it’s very early right now to speculate but it’s something to keep an eye on. The great thing is the PG position is set up for success no matter what happens with Paige. Roy Williams and his staff have done an excellent job of positioning the program to have at least two talented true PGs for a long time by acquiring very talented players in the last three recruiting classes with Paige in 2012, Britt in 2013 and Berry in 2014. By the time their playing days are collectively over in Chapel Hill the days of having just one true point in Carolina will be a distant memory.