Jan 23, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forwards Jackson Simmons (21) and Joel James (0) and Desmond Hubert (14) react late in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Yellow Jackets 79-63 at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Is Joel James the Key to Success in the Future?


Freshman center Joel James didn’t necessarily make a big splash with the North Carolina Tar Heels last season. He saw limited time in games, and when Roy Williams went to a smaller lineup, he was even more limited. However, the 6-foot-10-inch out of West Palm Beach, Fla. could be one of the keys to success for the Tar Heels in the future.

James is currently the tallest player on the Tar Heels squad, but will be tied for that honor when 2013 recruit Kennedy Meeks joins the team next season. Both young post players are looking to make their mark on the Tar Heels future.

When Carolina went to a smaller lineup last season, it left James Michael McAdoo playing center in the lineup rather than power forward. It worked for to an extent for the Tar Heels, but they were left undersized down low at times. Especially against teams with centers who are physical.

This is were James can play a huge role for the Tar Heels next season. With Dexter Strickland graduating, the Tar Heels can move a few players around in the lineup. This opens up a spot at center, where Joel James can strive.

James will obviously need to work on some things this off-season. Including his offensive and defensive post game, but the big man gives Carolina a big physical body down low to clog the lane. James is also a very solid rebounder and should improve over the years.

A big center like James would create plenty of mismatches, and give Carolina a solid rebounder to match-up with opposing teams centers.

As Williams looks to get Carolina back to glory, a few reloading years are bound to happen. When James was recruited by Williams, the envision of James being the next dominating center for Carolina popped up in plenty of fans minds.

Now with a fresh recruit in Meeks coming in next season, he could be a perfect compliment to James and the remaining of the post players on the team.

Don’t be too surprised if James becomes a key for any future Tar Heels making a deep run in the tournament.

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  • coachj

    Seriously. Proofread.

    Examples:

    ” the 6-foot-10-inch out of West Palm Beach, Fla.” add “center” after inch.”

    ” It worked for to an extent for the Tar Heels, but they were left undersized down low at times. Especially against teams with centers who are physical.” get rid of “for” and make the period a comma.

    “This is were James can play a huge role for the Tar Heels next season.” it is “wHere” and that is not a complete sentence.

    “James will obviously need to work on some things this off-season. Including his offensive and defensive post game, but the big man gives Carolina a big physical body down low to clog the lane.” make the period a comma after off-season, and end the sentence after “game”. Get rid of the word but and say “however”

    Look, I realize that grammar police on comment sections are annoying. The problem here is that the authors on this site all have such poor ability to write and the only thing you bring to the table is writing, as none of you are basketball people. I would like to enjoy this site, but you guys need to take more pride in what you do.

    • Burgan

      If you have an issue with the writing then why are you even on here? Not saying anything bad but why even waste your time complaining. Great, now I am doing it!

      • coachj

        My issue is that almost every story on here is written so poorly that it is difficult to imagine the people writing are over the age of 10. If the authors truly care about putting out professional content, they should take this as constructive criticism and make a change. If the attitude is that I should just leave if I don’t like it, then they will ultimately fail as a news and information portal and I certainly will move on. I am spending my good time trying to help these people. I am not even mentioning the quality of the actual content.

  • disqus_i8LC4hu7K0

    Totally agree, noitall. That’s why I normally avoid stories on this site that aren’t from professional web sites such as CBS or ESPN.

  • BoydCrowder22

    How good are you….if you got next to zilch minutes on a team with a 1 man front court..??
    Bullock was a converted SG, drafted by necessity, to play the 3 position…..
    Hubert, Simmons are mop up time players….and Johnson was a ????? as to why he logged so much bench time…

    James is a project at best- who knows if/when he plays meaningful crunch time minutes…and i’m going out on a limb that Meeks is closer to being a project, then a crunch time performer, next season…

  • Burgan

    I am sorry but to all people that complain about the stories on here or the writing there are plenty other cites so please go on and let the people that do enjoy these cites not worry about the negative comments or views!

  • Z19

    For the record, James is taller and longer than Meeks. Meeks is listed as 6’9″ with a 7′ wingspan but looks shorter, James is listed at 6’10″ but looks taller, and also possesses a 7’4″ wingspan. Anywhos, for the record I think James is going to be very good. He possesses nice athleticism, and decent offensive moves for a big man. What he needs is confidence and a LOT of help on his fundamentals on the defensive end and with his footwork in general. But I think a summer with UNC’s coaching staff could go a long way toward helping with those issues. We knew he was a project coming in, the kid’s only been playing a few years! If you thought he would be dominant his freshman year you were a fool. Here’s hoping for Joel James’ success next year, go heels!