Joel Berry commits to UNC

Updated: January 21, 2013, 10:55 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN Recruiting Nation

North Carolina received a commitment from one of the top juniors in the country on Monday. Point guard Joel Berry pledged to the Tar Heels following his official visit to UNC this weekend, according to his travel team coach, Burney Hayes.

"He committed," Hayes said. "He's heading to the powder blue crew."

Berry is ranked the No. 3 point guard and No. 12 overall recruit in the Class of 2014 by ESPN.

The Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) standout took advantage of a new rule that allows juniors to make official visits following Jan. 1 of their junior year. UNC was his first official visit.

Berry is a combination of scoring, leadership and speed. With the ability to get into the lane, he is projected as a perfect fit for North Carolina's up-tempo, transition offense. He'll allow Roy Williams to play at the speed he wishes alongside lefty point guard Marcus Paige.

UNC was considered the heavy favorite to land Berry over offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Miami, Kansas and many more.

Berry is the first Class of 2014 recruit for the Tar Heels, who own the No. 6-ranked recruiting class for 2013 after signing a trio of ESPN 100 prospects: power forward Isaiah Hicks, center Kennedy Meeks and point guard Nate Britt.