CHAPEL HILL — High school seniors Joel Berry, Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson signed National Letters of Intent today to attend the University of North Carolina and play men’s basketball beginning in the 2014-15 season.
“We are ecstatic that these three young men and their families have decided to join our basketball family,” says Carolina head coach Roy Williams. “Each of them are talented, come from wonderful families and share a common trait in that they have a tremendous desire for their teams to do well.”
Berry is a 6-1 point guard from Apopka, Fla. He plays for Coach Jason Vallery at Lake Highland Preparatory in Orlando, Fla.
“Joel is an outstanding young man who has been the player of the year in the state of Florida in each of the last two seasons,” says Williams. “He is a true quarterback on the floor, but he has the ability to score as well. He’s a leader and an excellent student. His teammates enjoy playing alongside him.”
Jackson is a 6-8 wing from Tomball, Texas. He plays for Coach Mike Decker for the Homeschool Christian Youth.
“Justin has tremendous ability, but is getting better and better,” says Williams. “He’s 6-8 with perimeter skills. He performed well last summer against tough competition, including at USA Basketball events. He is slender at this point, but will be able to get stronger and can add a great deal to his body. But he has wonderful skills and is a great student.”
Pinson is a 6-6 wing from Greensboro, N.C. He plays for Coach Keith Gatlin at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, N.C.
“Theo’s versatility is a big part of his game,” says Williams. “He can do almost everything on the court and do it well. He can handle the ball, pass, defend and he has tremendous savvy. His family did a great job guiding him through tough competitions with USA Basketball, playing summer basketball and winning state championships. I love his versatility which allows him to play multiple positions, which is something we always like in a player.”