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Joel Berry II

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Name: Joel Berry II

School: North Carolina

Season: Junior

ESPN High School Ranking: 17 (2014)

Birthdate: April 1, 1995 (21)

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida


- Parents - Joel and Kathie Berry

- Sister played four years at Rollins College

- Tightknit family - encouraged hard work

High School: Lake Highland Prep School


- 3x Florida Mr. Basketball (2012-14)

- 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

- 2014 Parade All-American

- 2014 McDonald's All-American

- 2016 ACC Tournament MVP

Twitter: JoelBerryII

Instagram: JoelBerry2

Height: 6'0

Weight: 195

Injury History: 

- Suffered foot injury in 2016 NCAA Championship Game - sprained foot - on crutches with a boot

- Injury was not serious and has not missed any time since

- Also missed 8 games in High School due to knee surgery, but came back to win 16 games in a row and Class 4A State Title

- Sprained ankle vs. Radford on Dec 4

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Played for USA U17 team in 2012 FIBA World Championships - won gold

- Says his dad is his hero - seems to have great support

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 4.2 PPG

- 1.5 APG

- 0.9 RPG

- 0.4 SPG

- 40% FG

- 35% 3

- 76% FT

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 12.8 PPG

- 3.8 APG

- 3.4 RPG

- 1.5 SPG

- 45% FG

- 38% 3

- 87% FT

Junior Season Stats: Through 7 games

- 17.1 PPG

- 4.3 APG

- 4.3 RPG

- 1.7 SPG

- 56% FG

- 47% 3

- 93% FT


18th in free throw percentage in the NCAA

- 16th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- Currently 1st in points, points produced, and made 3s in the ACC for 2016-17

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Ball defense

Greatest Weakness: Size

Athleticism: 7

Aggression: 6

Speed: 7

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 8

Basketball IQ: 8

Switchability: 6

3 point shooting: 8

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 6

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 7

Passing: 6

Rebounding: 5

Motor: 6

Touch: 8

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 9

Help defense: 7

Steals: 8

Blocks: 4

Pick and Roll: 

- Berry is a fantastic pick-and-roll defender - he can fight around ball screens and almost always stay infront of his man or cut them off - he is the best guard defender I have watched

- Primarily looking to score off pf ball screens

- He is a very deep threat, so he can trigger a 3 quickly, or get to the rim and use his body to get shots up over much bigger defenders

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Head always up - does a good job of moving it ahead when player open and feeding bigs when they have good positioning

- Excellent defender both on-ball and in help

- Very quick laterally, closes space quickly

- Very good 3 point shooter

- High IQ player

Game Analysis: 

 - vs. Wisconsin

 - Guarded by #3 Showalter

 - Guarding #24 Bronson Koenig

 - #0 D'Mitrik Trice

- Good defense getting hand up in Koenig's face on turnaround jumper left elbow

- Another good contest guarding Koenig fighting over screen and challenging his shot

- Crashes defensive boards

- Good job again slipping around screens to stay with Koenig

- Also does a good job showing on screens so his teammate can recover and then getting back to his man - makes himself big

- Again fights around screens and recovers to stay infront of his man at 3 point line

- Uses right ball screen, takes straightaway 3 from deep - nails it

- Great lob pass to Meeks rolling - knew he had the advantage and just put it up there - high IQ

- Pulls and hits another very deep 3 - defender was laying off a bit so he decided to shoot

- In transition, gets to his spot at the free throw line with big guarding him and hits jumper - 3/3 now, great stroke - he has played literally perfect so far

- Drives right with Hayes switched on him, gets in lane, uses body to protect ball, and shoots hook over - hits

- Uses right screen at left 45, miscommunication on D leaves him space for a 3 - misses pullup 3 off dribble

- Koenig hits his first shot with Berry draped all over him - now 1/6 had 0 points in first half

- Uses left ball screen, beats big to hoop but bad decision to reverse it - misses

- Pullump jumper left 45 off dribble, deep 2 - impressive but dumb shot

- Starts deep at left 45, uses right ball screen, hesitates so that the big recovers back to his man, then drives middle and finishes and-1 with right high on the glass - FT 1/1 - now 6/8 FGs

- Uses ball screen to push ahead and get into lane, misses fadeaway short jumper short

- Good feed to Meeks with deep post positioning

- Bad bounce pass to Jackson cutting

- Takes risk trying to steal ball from big at high post and leaves man open for a 3 - doubles down on big a lot to try and get steal - 1st time he has been caught though

NBA Comparison: Worse Mike Conley (backup version)

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Berry is the prototypical NBA backup PG. He has no weaknesses and can play both ends well without making foolish mistakes. Offensively, he can feed the bigs and space the floor. Defensively, he can stay infront of backup guards or chase shooters around screens. He will probably never be an NBA starter, but he has all the tools to be a serviceable backup.