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Starting 5: Joel Berry, the winner

We love winners, fixing the July eval period and more recruiting buzz

Updated: July 17, 2013, 9:55 AM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN RecruitingNation

Editor's note: During the busy month of July on the recruiting trail, with so much time spent on the road at events, our usual weekly Starting 5 feature will be biweekly. Make sure to check back on July 30 for our next Starting 5 installments, and in between, we'll have daily coverage from the biggest events on the trail.

In this week's Starting 5, we look at how Joel Berry's penchant for clutch efforts makes him an elite PG in this class, the problems with the current July eval period's structure, five perplexing performances by non-seniors over the last week, discuss whether No. 10 senior Myles Turner is ready for a big second half of the period and recap three big commitments for Miami, Ole Miss and New Mexico.

1. Basketball has been Berry, Berry good to him


Recruiting rankings are like the 3-point line: We should have a standard across the world, but instead, it's different strokes for different folks. How do we measure point guards? Is it scoring? Assists? Presence at the position?

One undisputed way is the win column.

2014 PG Joel Berry was instrumental as his Each1Teach1 team captured this year's Nike Peach Jam championship. Berry outlasted future North Carolina teammate Theo Pinson and the CP3 All-Stars (fitting, since we're on the subject of point guards) in the finals. During the EYBL regular season, Berry led his team to a 13-5 record, averaging 13.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting a robust 43 percent from the 3-point line. Those are fantastic numbers, but for Berry, winning time allows him to ramp it up another level.

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