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2 Joel Berry II
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2016 ACC Tournament MVP

All-Final Four Team

2017 Cousy Award Watch List

 

CAREER

Started 39 of 70 games • Assist-error ratio of 2.4/1 • Made 85 of 226 3FGs (.376) and 119 of 142 free throws (.838) • Career free throw percentage is sixth-highest in UNC history • Scored in double figures 35 times with three 20-point games • Double figures in assists twice (11 vs. Appalachian State on 12/21/15 and 10 vs. Syracuse on 4/2/16 in Final Four).

 

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2015-16)

Sixth Tar Heel to earn ACC Tournament MVP and All-Final Four honors in the same year • Started at the point in 39 games (all except Senior Night) • Led the team in assists with 151, three-point percentage (.382), free throw percentage (.867) and steals (58) • Second on the team in scoring (12.8) in all games and ACC regular-season play (12.6) and led the Tar Heels in scoring in the ACC Tournament (17.0) • Second on the team with nine defensive player-of-the-game awards  • Free throw percentage of .867 was the seventh-highest in UNC history • Made 60 of 66 from the FT line in ACC regular season and Tournament play (team high .909) and 9 of 10 (.900) in NCAA Tournament action • Was second in the ACC in FT percentage in conference play • Scored in double figures 34 times (second most on the team) • Tar Heels went 31-3 when he scored in double figures and 2-4 when he did not • Played 11 games without a turnover and 21 with one or fewer • Assist/error ratio of 2.4/1 • Committed a turnover every 19.8 minutes • Had the fewest turnovers in a season by a UNC starting point guard • Averaged 1.55 turnovers per game, fewest by a Tar Heel point guard • Sank 68 for 178 from three-point range (.388) • Raymond Felton is the only Tar Heel to ever average more points, rebounds, assists and steals per game in a season.

 

2016 NCAA Tournament

Averaged 13.7 points, had 30 assists, only eight turnovers and shot 50 percent from the floor (32 of 64) in six games • Scored 20 points in the national championship game vs. Villanova, including 15 in the first half as UNC built a 34-29 lead • Made all four of his three-point attempts, the second-best 3FG performance in championship game history • Had 10 assists in national semifinal vs. Syracuse, most by a Tar Heel in the national semifinal since Phil Ford had 10 vs. UNLV in 1977 • Also tied his career high with seven rebounds • Had eight assists and no turnovers against Notre Dame in the regional final • Scored all 14 of his points in the second half and had five assists in the win over Indiana.

 

2016 ACC Tournament

The 18th Tar Heel (and second UNC point guard) to win Most Valuable Player honors • First Tar Heel to win the award as a sophomore • First UNC point guard to win MVP honors since Phil Ford in 1975 • Scored a game-high 19 points in the championship vs. Virginia • Three-game total of 51 points (17.0 per game), eight assists and three turnovers • Scored 20 points against Pitt, 12 vs. Notre Dame and 19 vs. Virginia • Shot 17 for 24 from the floor (.708), 7 for 10 on three-pointers (.700) and made 10 of 10 free throws in the three games • All three turnovers came in the quarterfinals – played 66 minutes in the last two games without a turnover • The three opposing starting point guards went 7 for 32 from the floor and had nine assists and eight turnovers over the three games.

Game-high 19 points vs. Virginia in the ACC championship game • Made 4-4 FTs in the final 15 seconds to clinch the title • Scored 10 of his 12 points against Notre Dame in the first half • Led UNC with 20 points and tied his career high with four steals vs. Pitt in the ACC QF • Made 7 of 8 field goal attempts, his best single-game percentage (.875) as a Tar Heel.

 

2015-16 Game Highlights

Scored 10 second-half points in win at Duke, including a 3FG and coast-to-coast drive that gave UNC a nine-point lead with 3:22 to play • Sank both ends of a 1-and-1 with 17 seconds to play for a five-point lead • Made career-best 5 of 9 three-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points at Virginia • Scored a then-career-high 19 points vs. Georgia Tech, including 8 of 9 from the free throw line in the second half • Had 16 points, four assists and no turnovers vs. Clemson in his first career ACC start • First career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 11 assists vs. Appalachian State • Scored 11 of his then-career-high 17 points in the second half and directed a Tar Heel attack that shot 61.1 percent in the final 20 minutes in the win over UCLA.

 

FRESHMAN SEASON (2014-15)

Came on strong at the end of the season • Averaged 15.2 minutes at the point over the last 14 games after returning from a seven-game layoff due to injury • Missed eight ACC games due to injury and illness • Had 46 assists, 21 turnovers and 12 steals in 30 games • Went 10 for 20 from three-point range in the last 10 games, including 6 for 11 in the post-season • Scored 60 points in the last nine games (6.7 per game).

 

Game Highlights

Scored nine points and had three assists vs. Wisconsin in the NCAA Sweet 16 • Had seven points and four assists in the ACC championship game vs. Notre Dame • Scored eight straight UNC points midway through the first half in the ACC quarterfinals vs. Louisville • Led Carolina with a season-high 15 points and made a season-best three 3FGs in the win at Georgia Tech • Missed seven games due to injury.

 

PREP

Played for Coach Jason Vallery at Lake Highland Prep in Orlando, Fla. • Parade All-America • First player in Florida high school history to win Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Basketball award three times (Vince Carter won the award in 1995) • Also won Gatorade Player of the Year honors three times, just the sixth player to do that in any state • Named King of the Court, 4-A Player of the Year and first-team all-state by the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches • Led Lake Highland Prep to consecutive state titles • Was Tournament MVP as a senior, when he averaged 22.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, five assists and 2.2 steals in five games • Averaged 21.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.6 steals in his prep career • Averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.4 steals as a senior • Had 39 points in 2014 state semifinals and 20 points and nine rebounds in the title game • Averaged 25.3 points as a junior and 23.8 as a sophomore • Played in the McDonald’s All-America Game and the Nike Hoop Summit • Invited to play in the Jordan Brand Classic but didn’t play due to injury • Earned third-team All-America honors from MaxPreps in 2014 • Won the Nike Peach Jam in 2013 • Earned a gold medal on the USA’s U-17 team in Lithuania in 2012 • Played one year of football.

 

PERSONAL

Born Joel DeWayne Berry II  • Birthday is April 1 • Son of Joel and Kathie Berry • His sister played four years at Rollins College • Majoring in exercise and sport science with a focus in sport administration • Chose No. 2 because he’s the second (named for his father) • Worked on playing smarter and shooting in the offseason • Would love to go back and watch Michael Jordan in his prime • Favorite former Tar Heels are Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson.

Position: Guard
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Apopka, Fla.
High School: Lake Highland Preparatory
Major: Exercise & Sport Science
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