Joel Berry withdraws name from NBA Draft, will return to UNC

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Berry will miss the first couple of weeks of the season due to a broken hand.

North Carolina's Joel Berry out four weeks with broken hand

Berry will miss the first couple of weeks of the season due to a broken hand.

A day after declaring for the NBA Draft, Joel Berry has changed his mind.

The North Carolina guard announced Tuesday he will return for his senior season in 2017-18. Berry is allowed to withdraw his name from the draft and return to school because he did not hire an agent.

"I know I can continue to improve my game and be better prepared for the NBA after another year playing against the best college competition in the country," Berry said in a statement. "There’s no reason to rush leaving school. I love being a Tar Heel and love playing for Carolina and Coach (Roy) Williams.

"My family and I have enjoyed every part of playing at Carolina. I am proud of what we have accomplished in my first three seasons as a Tar Heel and am excited about our team next year, the chance to continue to improve in all areas of the game and the opportunity to complete my education and earn my degree."

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Berry was the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player after scoring 22 points with six assists in the NCAA championship game victory over Gonzaga. The 6-foot, 194-pound Florida native native averaged 14.7 points and led UNC with 138 assists, 53 steals and 3-point percentage (.383). His 88 3-pointers last season are tied the fifth-most in a season in school history.

Berry, who was also an All-Final Four player last year, was not expected to be a first-round pick in June's two-round draft.

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