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UNC Men's Basketball Bio
42 Joel James

CAREER

Started 13 games last season in the post • A big, physical forward who continues to develop his skills despite getting a late start on the hardwood  • Did not play organized basketball until his sophomore year of high school • Switched to uniform No. 42 in the summer of 2013  • Shed 60 pounds during his senior year of high school • Has made 16 career starts • Career bests are 11 points against Florida Atlantic on 11/11/12 and nine rebounds at Long Beach State on 11/16/12.

 

 

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14)

Averaged 2.7 rebounds per game • Made 19 of 49 shots from the floor (.388) and 14 of 18 from the free throw line (.778) this year • Scored two field goals and had two offensive boards in home win over Notre Dame • Had two field goals in the previous 16 games • Grabbed two offensive rebounds at NC State • Grabbed four rebounds in 11 minutes at Georgia Tech • Returned to action in the Miami game, scoring four points and grabbing five rebounds in eight minutes • Was ejected early in the second half after catching a Miami player with an elbow on an attempted rebound • Did not play in four games due a sprained right medial collateral ligament (knee) less than a minute into the Texas game • Grabbed four offensive boards vs. UNCG • Carolina's defensive player of the game in the win at #1 Michigan State • Had five points and six rebounds against Louisville • Basket and three-point play early in the second half was a key play after Louisville jumped out to a four-point lead • Grabbed eight rebounds in 14 minutes against Oakland • Has made 16 career starts • Career bests are 11 points against Florida Atlantic on 11/11/12 and nine rebounds at Long Beach on 11/16/12.

 

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13)

Played in 30 games and made three startsAveraged 2.3 points and 2.4 rebounds • Made 30 of 58 shots from the floor (.517) • Grabbed five or more rebounds in six games • Scored 24 points in ACC regular-season play • Didn't dress out for three games due to a concussion he suffered against Wake Forest on Feb. 5th • Scored six points and had four rebounds and two steals in college debut against Gardner-Webb • Season high 11 points and eight boards against Florida Atlantic • Grabbed a season high nine rebounds in road win at Long Beach • Made his first of three starts against UAB on Dec. 1st • Scored four points in win over Maryland, making two field goals for the first time since Dec. 8th • Had four points and blocked two shots in home win over Georgia Tech • Scored eight points at NC State, his highest scoring output since he had 11 in the second game of the season • Pulled down an ACC-high five rebounds against Wake Forest.

PREP

Did not play organized basketball until his sophomore year of high school • Shed 60 pounds during his senior year as he improved on the court • Tried out for the U.S. U-18 National Team after high school • Played for coach Fred Ross at William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. • Averaged 15 points, 12.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game and shot 63 percent from the floor as a senior • Played in the All-American Championship post-season all-star game in New Orleans • Attended the U.S. U-18 national team training camp in Colorado Springs in June 2012 • Won a state championship as a junior • Did not play organized basketball until his sophomore year.

PERSONAL
Joel Njonjo James is the son of Cassandra Brown • Born on Jan. 22, 1994, in West Palm Beach, Fla. • Majoring in history.

Position: Forward
Height: 6'10"
Weight: 280
Year: Junior
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
High School: Dwyer
Major: History
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