Joel Berry News Archive

Chansky’s Notebook: Second Chances

Joel and Theo might be disheartened, but they shouldn’t be. When the two rounds of the 2018 NBA draft were over, neither Joel Berry nor Theo Pinson had heard their names called from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Since most players selected in the second round do not get guaranteed contracts, Berry and Pinson may be better off having gone undrafted. (

Los Angeles Lakers Sign Undrafted UNC Point Guard Joel Berry II

According to Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers signed undrafted UNC point guard Joel Berry. Berry doesn’t necessarily have the measurables that teams look for in draft prospects, but he makes up for it with an impressive four-year college resume. Berry was the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 2017, leading the Tar Heels to the National Championship. (Lakers Nation)

2018-19 college basketball top 25

7. North Carolina - The losses of Theo Pinson and Joel Berry, two tenured vets who played prominent roles in Carolina going to back-to-back title games, will be a blow, but there’s cause to believe Roy Williams’ team might be even better next season. For starters, Third Team All-American Luke Maye and his 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game are back. (SB Nation)

High-scoring Coby White ready for shot at UNC point guard role

No one questions whether Coby White is good enough to help North Carolina immediately as a freshman. Rather, the pressing question as White heads to campus this week is this: can the McDonald's All-American from Wilson, NC who scored more points than any high school player in state history help the Tar Heels replace departed point guard Joel Berry II? (Associated Press)

Roy Williams Pushing NBA to See Theo Pinson as a Point Guard

With NBA pre-draft team workouts coming to a close this week, UNC basketball coach Roy Williams will start making calls. The goal for Williams is to highlight to NBA front office personnel what Joel Berry and Theo Pinson can bring to the professional ranks. There is plenty of tape on Berry and Pinson, but Williams' insight into intangibles and personality can go a long way. (Inside Carolina)

Chansky’s Notebook: Four In A Row?

Seeing Brice Johnson, Marcus Paige, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, Joel Berry and Theo Pinson all playing pick-up in the Smith Center reminds us of one important streak Carolina can keep going this season. North Carolina will go into the 2018-19 season with the chance of having its fourth straight nationally ranked team with at least two senior starters. (

Luke Maye eager for senior leader role at UNC

Luke Maye is amped to return for his senior season. The 6-foot-8 rising senior worked out with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Oklahoma City Thunder before deciding to withdraw from the NBA Draft process. Now it's back to work and, with Joel Berry and Theo Pinson out of the mix, Maye is poised to be one of the Tar Heel leaders this season. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Roy Williams Excited for 2018-19 Season

Roy Williams has a flood of former players arriving in town for camp week, including Marvin Williams, Tyler Hansbrough, John Henson, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, and Justin Jackson. And later this week he’s planning to speak with NBA teams on behalf of Joel Berry and Theo Pinson, who hope to be drafted to start their pro careers. (Inside Carolina)

Luke Maye poised to lead UNC basketball next season after withdrawing from NBA Draft

Luke Maye decided to remain in school for his senior season to develop his game further with his future NBA goal in mind — a move that will be positive for his future draft stock and for UNC’s season. “I want to play in the NBA,” Maye said. “That’s my dream.” For now, though, he’ll bolster a Tar Heel roster that needs new leaders now that Joel Berry and Theo Pinson are gone. (Daily Tar Heel)

Sports Illustrated Post-NBA Draft Decisions Preseason Rankings

5. North Carolina: Getting Luke Maye back was huge for the Tar Heels. He makes for three returning starters, while No. 3 recruit Nassir Little should slide into Theo Pinson’s departing wing spot. The biggest question here is at point guard, where Joel Berry must be replaced, but with Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley down low, Roy Williams will have a stacked frontcourt. (Sports Illustrated)

UNC’s Luke Maye named a Way-Too-Early All-American

College basketball season might have just reached the offseason, but it isn’t too early for UNC junior forward Luke Maye to start racking up preseason nominations. 247Sports named Maye to its Way-Too-Early college basketball All-American team, with the junior earning first team honors. With Joel Berry and Theo Pinson moving on, Maye will be a focal point. (

College basketball's winners and losers after players' final NBA Draft decisions

6. North Carolina - This was the expected endgame for this offseason, but UNC deserves a mention. Cam Johnson and Luke Maye could combine to average more than 35 points if all clicks. Kenny Williams is back, too. UNC is shaping up as a top-10 team. Can't ding the Heels for losing Theo Pinson and Joel Berry. They were seniors, so their exits were accounted for. (CBS Sports)

Joel Berry Works Out For Phoenix Suns

Former UNC point guard Joel Berry worked out for the Phoenix Suns on Monday as he continues preparations for the 2018 NBA Draft. Berry had a highly successful career at UNC. In his four years, Berry made two NCAA All-Tournament teams, was named 2017 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding player and helped lead the Tar Heels to an NCAA Championship. (Phoenix Suns)

Athlon's Early College Basketball Top 25 for 2018-19

9. North Carolina Tar Heels: While the loss of veteran backcourt mates Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson leaves a big hole, Roy Williams reloads with a top-10 recruiting class. Nassir Little and Coby White should help offset the losses, and they join an established corps of returners. Luke Maye could be a national Player of the Year candidate in 2018-19. (Athlon Sports)

UNC signee Coby White prepares to fill Joel Berry's shoes

With Joel Berry gone, Roy Williams will turn to incoming freshman Coby White, a McDonald's All-American and five-star recruit from Greenfield High School (Wilson, NC). And based on White's stellar performance over the weekend at USA Basketball, he's ready for the task. "I love the pressure. Whatever Coach Williams wants me to do for us to win, that's what I'm gonna do." (

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