CHAPEL HILL — Joel Berry, an Orlando, Fla., point guard who is considered one of the nation’s best prospects in the class of 2014, has committed to play for North Carolina, the Orlando Sentinel reported earlier today.
Berry visited Chapel Hill last weekend and was in attendance for the Tar Heels’ victory against Maryland on Saturday.
“I told everybody North Carolina was my dream school all during my recruiting process,” Berry told the Sentinel on Monday during a phone interview. “Now I get to fulfill my dream.”
Berry, a junior at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, also had scholarship offers from Kansas, Ohio State, N.C. State, Florida and Florida State, according to ESPN. ESPN ranks Berry as the third-best point guard in the class of 2014, and the No. 12 overall prospect.
Berry grew up a UNC fan, according to the Sentinel. He was the first sophomore in state history to be named Florida’s Mr. Basketball.
“Their coaching staff is the best in the world I believe,” Berry said of UNC during an interview with the Sentinel. “The school is amazing. The players are amazing. My parents liked what coach Williams had to say to me and to them. Everything was good.