ACC Network Basketball Analyst
One of the most decorated players in North Carolina basketball history, Joel Berry II is a college basketball analyst for ACC Network, ESPN’s network devoted to Atlantic Coast Conference sports. Berry, who joined ACCN in October 2021, appears on the signature basketball show Nothing But Net.
A four-year player and three-year starter at North Carolina, Berry helped lead the Tar Heels to back-to-back NCAA championship games (2016-17), including 2017 when UNC captured the national title. As a sophomore, Berry scored 20 points with four assists, as North Carolina fell short on a last-second three-pointer to Villanova, 77-74. A year later, he scored 22 points and had six assists as UNC defeated Gonzaga to cut down the nets. Berry was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, becoming the first player since Bill Walton in the early 1970s to score 20 points or more in back-to-back title games.
Berry is the only Tar Heel to earn All-Final Four honors in two seasons (2016 and 2017), and he is one of six Tar Heels to start in two national championship games. Overall, he played in 14 NCAA Tournament wins, tied for second in school history. He also played in 10 ACC Tournament victories (tied for the most by a Tar Heel). In 2016, he led Carolina to the ACC Tournament title and earned MVP honors.
As a senior, Berry was one of eight finalists for the Amateur Athletic Union’s James E. Sullivan Award, presented to the top amateur athlete in the United States. He was also voted a third team All-American by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Berry finished his Carolina career with 1,813 points and 451 assists, playing in 144 games with 112 starts.
After college, Berry played professionally for two seasons in the NBA G League and one season in Turkey before retiring in 2021.
A native of Apopka, Fla., Berry was the first player named Florida Mr. Basketball three times, and he was a McDonald’s All-American as a senior in 2014.