Joel James may not be LeBron James, but one thing that that they have in common besides their last name is the fact that they were men among children when they played basketball during their childhood. In fact, you could probably say this now, although both guys play with adults. Simply put, Joel James is a man-child. During North Carolina’s exhibition game against the Shaw Bears, Joel James came off the bench. Desmond Hubert was the starting center against Shaw University. Joel James posted 13 points and 7 rebounds in 17 minutes of play against Shaw. By the end of this year season, I can see Joel averaging close to 25 minutes a game by the end of the season. First, Roy needs to give this kid more playing time. I respect Desmond Hubert and his game. Hubert’s performance on Friday nights showed me that he has been working on his game. Although this may be true, Joel James can take Carolina’s offense to new heights as a starter. Desmond will still be instrumental in Carolina’s offense and defense this season. I view Desmond as the next coming as Kevin Salvadori, which is a good thing and a compliment.
As for Joel James, he has the potential to be one of the greatest centers ever to play at the University of North Carolina. For those of you who do not know, Brendan Haywood is Carolina’s all-time leader in blocks. I think that James has the opportunity to break this record if he stays at least three years; definitely in four.