North Carolina Basketball: Tar Heel Recruit Joel Berry Is A Perfect Fit

By Gregory Philson
Joel Berry
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The North Carolina Tar Heels always seem to have the type of point guard who runs fast and thinks even faster. During the 2013-14 season, North Carolina’s offense was not really the typical style run by coach Roy Williams despite Marcus Paige having the point guard designation. That will change in the 2014-15 season when top recruit Joel Berry throws on the UNC jersey and takes over as a true point guard in every sense of the term.

Scouts look at Berry as a strong point guard similar to previous point guards like Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson. He can use his strength and speed to go from the perimeter to the paint in a blink of an eye. He can also use these skills to snake through defenders and find teammates for easy baskets. According to scouts, Berry is a strong passer and possesses a high basketball IQ. He looks to be the type of player who can drastically change the way the Tar Heels play the second he takes the floor.

His addition will ultimately move Paige permanently to the scoring two-guard slot, and this should allow the dynamic player to improve his numbers. Paige is already a terrific scorer, but with a point guard who can find him in half-court sets, he could become a NCAA National Player of the Year candidate next season.

There is a lot of hype behind North Carolina’s incoming class, and if even part of it pays off, the Tar Heels have every reason to believe they will be national title contenders next season.

Gregory T. Philson is an ACC basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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