UNC Men's Basketball Bio
0 Joel James
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Has 215 points, 225 rebounds and 23 blocks in 98 career games • Career highs include 11 points vs. Florida Atlantic (11/11/12), nine rebounds at Long Beach State (11/16/12) and two blocked shots several times • Made 45.4 percent of his shots from the floor and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.


Co-recipient of UNC’s most improved player award • Scored six or more points 10 times, something he did once as a sophomoreUNC went 8-2 when he scored six or moreMade 19 field goals in ACC regular-season play this year (14 in five games at Clemson, at Louisville, at Duke, at Miami and at Georgia Tech and five in the other 13 games) • Averaged 13.5 minutes in the ACC Tournament • 12.8 minutes per game over the last 13 contests • Was 4 for 5 from the floor in the NCAA Tournament.

Game Highlights: Started his second straight game (19th career) in the ACC Tournament vs. Louisville – did not score but had six rebounds, which tied his season high (also against Robert Morris in the second game of the season)Made his second start of the season in the ACC Tournament vs. Boston College and had six points on 3 for 7 shootingVery solid performance in the win at Miami playing in front of a number of family and friends • Scored six points and had three rebounds and an assist vs. the CanesHad six points and five rebounds (three on the offensive glass) and played solid post defense in 12 productive minutes at Duke • Scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 10 first-half minutes at Louisville, helping the Tar Heels lead the Cards by 11 at the break Was his best performance since the ACC opener at Clemson • Made 3 of 6 shots from the floor and totaled six points at ClemsonScored 19 points in consecutive games against UNCG and Ohio State, the most he scored in any two games in his career • Made 7 of 11 shots from the floor in those two games • Had eight points against Ohio State in the 82-74 win • Tied his career scoring high with 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the floor at UNCG • Was one of two Tar Heels to score in double figures in that road victory • Was his first double-digit scoring game since his first game as a freshman when he had 11 against Florida AtlanticWas 3 for 4 from the floor and scored seven points against East Carolina • Made his first start of the season and played 15 minutes against UCLA • Scored seven points, all in the second half, in the opener against NC Central • That was his highest scoring output since midway through his freshman year • Hit a pair of turnaround, baseline jumpers against the Eagles • Pulled down six rebounds against Robert Morris.



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.



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.


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.

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: 260
Year: Freshman
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
High School: Dwyer
Major: History
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