UNC Basketball Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Basketball Recruiting.
Joel Berry in Portland for Nike Hoop Summit, then to Jordan Brand game
After a strong showing in the McDonald’s All-American Game, Lake Highland Prep senior point guard Joel Berry II has two more big basketball games to go in his high school career. The North Carolina signee plays for the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team against the World Select Team in Saturday’s Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. The game tips off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Next week, Berry plays at the April 18 Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.
Berry, Pinson to play in Nike Hoop Summit April 12 on ESPN
With the McDonald's game now in the books, it's time for the Nike Hoop Summit which is being held this year in Portland, Oregon. This year, two future Tar Heels will be on display with Joel Berry and Theo Pinson joining USA Basketball representing their country. Practice started Wednesday, April 9 and continues through April 11, with the event being played at 7:00pm EST on April 12th. The game will be televised on the ESPN Network.
Video: Justin Jackson 2013-14 Season Highlights
Senior season basketball highlights from 2014 North Carolina forward signee Justin Jackson.
Video: Joel Berry 2013-14 Season Highlights
Senior season basketball highlights from 2014 North Carolina point guard signee Joel Berry.
Video: Theo Pinson Ultimate Mix Tape
Over four minutes of highlights from 2014 North Carolina small forward signee Theo Pinson. Pinson will add wing depth and athleticism to the Tar Heels when he arrives in Chapel Hill next season.
Joel Berry II becomes first three-time Florida Mr. Basketball
Lake Highland Prep senior Joel Berry II became the first three-time winner of the Florida Mr. Basketball award on Monday. Berry, a North Carolina signee who is also was selected as the Sentinel area Player of the Year as a sophomore, junior and senior, received 14 of 23 first place votes. Berry averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals in leading Lake Highland to a repeat Class 4A state championship.
UNC signee Joel Berry named Florida Class 4A all-state first-team
The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches (FABC) and Source Hoops present the 2013-2014 Class 4A all-state team. Players were selected based on in-person evaluations, all-area teams selected by media from around the state, and recognition from the FABC. First Team: Joel Berry, 6-1, Sr., Lake Highland Prep.
UNC Reaches Out to 2014 SG Elijah Stewart
UNC's 2014 basketball recruiting class may not be complete yet. According to Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels
, "North Carolina is among the schools that reached out to Elijah Stewart."
Stewart, a 4-star shooting guard from Los Angeles, originally signed with Loyola Marymount in September but he recently asked for and received a release from his Letter of Intent
after LMU coach Max Good was fired.
Besides UNC, Stewart is likely to be recruited by numerous schools with available scholarships, such as local Pac-12 programs USC and UCLA. At this point, there's little to be excited about regarding his recruitment. He has not yet received a scholarship offer from Roy Williams, and UNC's coaches are likely at the early stages of the process, speaking with his coaches, gauging his interest level, requesting transcripts, etc.
Still, this new development keeps open the door to Roy Williams landing the much-coveted outside shooter he was looking for UNC's 2014 recruiting class
There aren't a lot of highlight videos of Stewart available online, but here's a clip of Stewart (wearing red) facing off against Arizona signee Stanley Johnson (wearing white) recently in the state playoffs:
Justin Jackson, Jahlil Okafor take over McDonald's game
Justin Jackson and Jahlil Okafor ended their high school careers with MVP trophies. The two five-star recruits took home MVP honors in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American game. Jackson finished with 23 points. Jackson is known for his efficiency and he held true to that in the game, finishing 11-for-14 from the field. Early in the game, Jackson scored off easy lay ups and transition finishes. He also hit a mid-range pull-up and a three-pointer.
Justin Jackson Takes Home McDonald's All-American Game MVP
North Carolina signee Justin Jackson capped his high school career with MVP honors at the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday night at the United Center. Jackson scored 23 points and added five rebounds in what is universally regarded as the nation’s most prestigious all-star event for preps. “I just tried to go in and have fun and work as hard as I could and do the little things to help us win,” Jackson said following the game.
Video: Theo Pinson Dunks Over Kelly Oubre At McDonald's All-American Game
North Carolina signee Theo Pinson takes off on the break and dunks over Kelly Oubre in the 2014 McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night in Chicago.
McDonald's All-American Game Recap
Justin Jackson had a very good night. The word on Jackson is efficiency, and going 11-14 for 23 points is the very definition of that. Despite Jackson's best efforts, his and Theo Pinson's East team fell to Joel Berry's West team 105-102. Unofficially Joel Berry ended up with seven points and four assists. Theo Pinson had three points which included one fairly authoritative dunk in transition. Pinson also had three assists.
2014 McDonald's All-American UNC-Duke Recruits Smackdown
We add another chapter to our renowned UNC-Duke Smackdown series at the McDonald's All-American game in Chicago. Participants this year include Duke commits Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow, and Grayson Allen, along with North Carolina commits Theo Pinson, Justin Jackson, and Joel Berry.
McDonald's All-American Game Primer
The best part of Joel Berry's game is his defensive ability. The North Carolina signee will likely be called upon to hold Melo Trimble in check. At 6-8, Justin Jackson has the most intriguing scoring game of all the wings. He has a soft touch, and his floater is a lethal weapon. Expect him to have a couple scores that get the UNC faithful excited. I'm expecting a couple jaw dropping plays from UNC signee Theo Pinson. But he also has the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Theo Pinson ready for McDonald's Game, Chapel Hill
Theo Pinson can’t wait to join North Carolina’s basketball team on campus. But until then, today’s McDonald’s All-American game (9:30 p.m., ESPN) will have to do. Pinson will team up with fellow UNC signee Justin Jackson and 10 other top high school basketball players to play against 12 of the other top basketball players in the nation, including UNC commit Joel Berry. It’s the next opportunity for Pinson to display what UNC’s coaches have asked him to work on before he arrives on campus – his defense.