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Joel Berry is UNC’s third PG commit in three classes

Jan 22, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT


North Carolina got their name on the board in the Class of 2014 as they landed a commitment from Joel Berry, a Florida native and the No. 22 player in the class, according to Rivals.

Berry has drawn praise from the recruiting pundits for being a capable scorer, an excellent leader and a player that thrives in transition, which just about makes him the perfect fit for North Carolina’s uptempo system.

But that doesn’t meaning the signing isn’t intriguing.

The Tar Heels currently have Marcus Paige at the point guard spot. Coming in next season will be another blue-chip point guard in Nate Britt. How are they all going to get minutes at the point? (Hint: they’re not.) Paige could be effective off the ball, as he’s more of a natural scorer as it is. But Britt and Berry are pure point guards.

Maybe Roy Williams is trying to prevent a reoccurrence on this season, where he lost a star point guard — Kendall Marshall — to the NBA a year earlier than expected and was forced to roll the dice with a freshman running the show.

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  1. chrisco716 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Paige is more of a 2 who can get by at point but not like a real attacking PG. Paige is a stopgap this year filling in for the unexpected loss of Marshall. Roy has finally decided it’s better to go heavy than light at PG. Sure took long enough. Without a real attack-the-rim PG (or pass-like-a-magician PG) Roy’s offense doesn’t run. Better to have two than none.

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