Berry Eying UNC Visit

Berry Eying UNC Visit

Roy Williams and his staff offered Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland standout Joel Berry just after the July evaluation period and have kept in close contact ever since.

"I'm very interested in North Carolina," Berry said. "I'm just waiting to get down to the campus to see what they offer. I sat down with Roy Williams one time already, but I want to get a chance to see the campus, meet the guys and see how the atmosphere is."

When is Berry planning to visit the Tar Heels?

"Some time when the season calms down around January or February," said the 2014 point guard.

Berry said his conversations with the North Carolina staff have centered on their point guard situation and how Berry would fit into their team.

"They have a point guard there now," Berry said. "They expect him to stay for another year or two and then they have Nate Britt coming in the next year. So they are talking to me about the point guard spot and how things would work out if I decided to come to North Carolina.

"Coach Williams just told me that he doesn't mind playing three point guards if it comes down to it because that just makes his job easier," Berry added. "I really like that. That's pretty much what they've been stressing to me about."

Berry, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect, said North Carolina hasn't been in his gym recently, but that is about to change.

"Coach Williams will be down before the City of Palms to come see me and then he'll take another trip to City of Palms to watch me," Berry explained of the Dec. 18-22 Ft. Myers event.

To go with interest from North Carolina, Berry also has garnered strong interest from Ohio State, Kansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami and most recently Kentucky.

"Recruiting has been going great," Berry said about the overall process. "I pretty much have all the schools that I wanted to contact to me, contacting me."

"Kentucky came down last Saturday and watched me play," he added. "I played in front of coach [John] Calipari. They are interested and they are in the mix now. That was the last school to come in."

Berry said he'd like to take a visit to Kentucky in January. He also said he hopes to work in visits to Kansas and Ohio State.

"I want to get down to Kansas just to see the atmosphere," Berry said. "There are a lot of schools like Ohio State and the big time schools, I'd like to go see. That's great for a kid to get to go out and see what those big time schools are offering."

"It's a great opportunity to see what all these schools offer and just also to be around the atmosphere," he added. "Those are big time schools and they love basketball, so it's a great opportunity to be able to visit."

Berry is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 4 point guard and the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2014 class.

"I'm just focused on the high school season," he said. "I want to put a state championship under my belt. I'm going to finish out the next AAU season and then probably August or September or before the high school season next year I'll probably end up making my decision."

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