"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.
"He's really a basketball player. He makes instinctive plays. He's 6-5, 6-6, athlete, but he knows how to play -- he really does. I saw him play one game where he was almost belligerently screaming at a guy to get the ball inbounds faster ... he saw the play developing and he was foul line top of the key extended on the sideline just screaming at the guy, but as soon as it hit his hands it goes another 40 feet and a guy catches and lays it up on the other end. The instinctive ability, the savvy that he has. He's really a good defender - has an opportunity to be a big time defender. His shot is getting better. But the easiest way to describe him is that he's a basketball player."
Joel Berry (Photo MyNews13)
Justin Jackson (Photo by Jackson family)
Theo Pinson (Photo by Brian Hall/WFMY)