After missing the last four games with a sprained MCL injury, Joel James is set to return from injury Wednesday night when the North Carolina Tar Heels (10-4; 0-1 ACC) take on the Miami Hurricanes (8-6; 0-2 ACC) in Chapel Hill.
Roy Williams confirmed that barring any unexpected set backs, James will indeed play against the Hurricanes on his Monday evening radio show.
“We could’ve played him but at the same time I said let’s let him shoot layups and stretch and work out a little bit, get one more day and see how the knee feels. He was full go today at practice with no limitations. Unless he gets some pain or swelling or something he will be able to play.”
With James returning, it will provide a much needed defensive player that North Carolina needs. With Tar Heels who had many defensive woes Sunday evening against Wake Forest while Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks struggled in the starting role while James was out, many expect to see James back in the starting lineup on Wednesday.
James is averaging 3.7 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and is shooting .455% in field goal range. He is also averaging about three more minutes per game this season over his freshman year.