InsideCarolina has learned that both of UNC's 2014 verbal commitments – Joel Berry and Justin Jackson – will be participating in the event.
Berry, a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in Florida, will bring his state champion Lake Highland Prep squad to Raleigh. Last season, the Highlanders finished 24-5 overall, and 21-0 with Berry (he missed eight games with a knee injury).
"It's going to be a great moment to play in front of future Carolina fans and rivals fans too," said Berry, Scout.com's No. 14 overall player in the class of 2014. "It gives them a chance to see what they have coming and I'm ready to play in it. I'm excited."
Jackson and his HomeSchool Christian Youth Association team will travel from Texas to play in the tournament. The Warriors finished the 2012-13 season with a 37-11 record, while capturing the Texas HomeSchool championship and finishing as runner-ups in the National HomeSchool tournament in Springfield, Mo.
"It's going to be fun," said Jackson, Scout.com's No. 10 overall player in the class of 2014. "I'm excited just to see the support from our fans, and then to play for the first time in front of fans from the other schools."
The HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational started as an 8-team boys tournament in 1972 with teams from North Carolina. Since then it's grown in popularity each year and has hosted McDonald's All-Americans, college All-Americans and NBA all-stars like: John Wall, Anfernee Hardaway, Rodney Monroe, Loul Deng, Phil Ford, Josh Smith, Rajon Rondo, Jerry Stackhouse, Reggie Bulllock, David West and Jason Kidd.