Oct 26, 2012; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Joel James (0) on the court during warm ups before playing Shaw in an exhibition game at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Basketball: The Tar Heels have found a center in Joel James

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.

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  • CarolinaKickGame

    I agree with everything in this article until we start talking blocks. He only registered 1 block against Shaw, in which all those players are smaller than ACC players he will face night-in and night-out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m probably more excited about seeing this kid’s potential develop than any other freshman we have, but let’s not start talking blocks leader after 1 exhibition a season after losing John Henson, who actually had a legitimate shot at that record.

    Good post though, this kid’s work ethic sounds crazy.

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  • jessica oxendine

    I feel sorry for the players that have to battle him all game. Dude is a beast. Mac Attack and King James 2.0 will be a deadly combo! Tar Heels!

    • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

      Down low, we have some guys who are going to shock the work. B.J., J.J., and J-Mac!