UK, UNC & others track five-star Berry

Joel Berry

Joel Berry, a five-star lead guard, has interest from a host of high major schools. Kentucky is the latest to get involved, while North Carolina, Ohio State and Kansas are working to get unofficial visits.

Joel Berry, Scout.com's No. 4 point guard in the 2014 class, continues to pick up new college interest.

"Recruiting has been going great," Berry told Scout.com. "I pretty much have all the schools that I wanted to contact to me, contacting me."

"Kentucky came down last Saturday and watched me play," he added. "I played in front of coach [John] Calipari. They are interested and they are in the mix now. That was the last school to come in."

Kentucky joins a strong list of schools for Berry, who cites scholarship offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas, Florida, Florida State, Miami and others.

"I talked to coach Orlando [Antigua] two days ago," Berry said. "He's going to have coach Calipari call me in a couple of days. Around January they want me to come up and sit down and talk to coach Cal face to face and tell me more about the program and get a chance to see the campus."

Kentucky hasn't offered the 6-foot-1, 185-pound lead guard, but Berry said he certainly has interest in the Wildcats.

"They just got into the mix, but it's a great program and they have a great coach," Berry said. "I watch them all the time so I pretty much know what they want to do and that's get up and down the court and that's what I like."

"Coach Cal is just an awesome coach and I like the program a lot, so I want to get more into the program and see what they offer," Berry added.

North Carolina offered Berry in early August and have made a strong impression on the five-star prospsect. He said his conversations with North Carolina have centered on their point guard situation.

"They have a point guard there now," Berry said. "They expect him to stay for another year or two and then they have Nate Britt coming in the next year. So they are talking to me about the point guard spot and how things would work out if I decided to come to North Carolina.

"Coach Williams just told me that he doesn't mind playing three point guards if it comes down to it because that just makes his job easier," Berry added. "I really like that. That's pretty much what they've been stressing to me about."

Roy Williams is slated to see Berry twice in December, including at the always loaded City of Palms. Then Berry is hoping to visit UNC in January or February.

"I'm very interested in North Carolina," Berry said. "I'm just waiting to get down to the campus to see what they offer. I sat down with Roy Williams one time already, but I want to get a chance to see the campus, meet the guys and see how the atmosphere is."

Berry also mentioned Kansas and Ohio State as schools he'd like to visit in the near future.

"I want to get down to Kansas just to see the atmosphere," he said. "There are a lot of schools. Like Ohio State and the big time schools, I'd like to go see. That's great for a kid to get to go out and see what those big time schools are offering."

"It's a great opportunity to see what all these schools offer and just also to be around the atmosphere," he added. "Those are big time schools and they love basketball, so it's a great opportunity to be able to visit."

Berry, Scout.com's No. 14 overall prospect, doesn't have intentions of making his college choice in the near future.

"I'm just focused on the high school season," Berry said. "I want to put a state championship under my belt. I'm going to finish out the next AAU season and then probably August or September or before the high school season next year I'll probably end up making my decision."

Berry tipped off his season Thursday night. The talented guard scored 34 points in a 24-point win over West Orange.

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