Joel Berry Rumors
The Hornets’ other two free agents-to-be — Willy Hernangomez and Dwayne Bacon — are participating. Both of the Hornets’ players on two-way contracts — Kobi Simmons and Ray Spalding — are in the practices. So are several players from last season’s Greensboro Swarm: Charlottean Trey Phills, former North Carolina guard Joel Berry, K.J. McDaniels, Jeff Roberson and Demajeo Wiggins.
USA Basketball has picked the 12 players who will compete in the next two-game round of qualifying for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Most of the picks are coming from the G League – Joel Berry II, Reggie Hearn, Scotty Hopson, John Jenkins, DeAndre Liggins, Chasson Randle, Cameron Reynolds, Richard Solomon and Travis Trice. NBA free agents Eric Moreland, Jarnell Stokes and Tyler Zeller were also chosen for the roster.
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on guards Joel Berry II and Jeffrey Carroll, it was announced today. Berry II totaled 5 points, 3 assists and 1 rebound in three preseason games, while Carroll appeared in one preseason game for the Lakers.
How tough was it not to hear your name called on Draft night? Joel Berry II: It was pretty tough. It’s always a dream to hear your name get called, but honestly, I’ve always taken the path where I was always overlooked and my game is not the flashiest – I just win – and that speaks more than being a flashy player. I necessarily don’t get looked at like other guys. It hurt for a little bit, but then I realized that’s the path that I’ve always taken and that’s what’s gotten me to where I’m at today. This is why I work so hard. I realized the path I had to take to get to where I want to be.
As an incoming rookie, what are some personal goals you’ve set for yourself as you begin your NBA journey? Joel Berry II: I’ve set high goals for myself. My first plan is just to make the official roster. But having to take the path I’m taking – being undrafted and having to do a lot of pre-draft workouts – getting a chance with the Lakers was the first goal of mine. So now it’s taking it step by step, making the roster and once I get on the roster, I want to be able to contribute and play. My goal is not just to make it to the NBA, but be somebody one day. That’s what I’m striving for. I’m going to set high goals for myself and I want to be in the talks of winning Rookie of the Year. I know that’s a long way and I have to do a lot, but those are the goals I want to set for myself.