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Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

Posted on: October 3, 2011 11:18 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 3:01 pm

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been a rocky relationship between Joel James and North Carolina over the past few months, but it ended on a high note last week.

Rumors had been going around that James committed to North Carolina, and it was finally confirmed to’s Brian Snow on Sunday.

“Right now it is North Carolina,” James told Snow. “I called Coach [Roy] Williams a couple of days ago.”

James made some waves in August when he aired out his complaints to regarding North Carolina and the fact the Tar Heels had not offered him a scholarship.

A few weeks later, Williams finally did make an offer to James and the Tar Heels immediately became the frontrunner in his recruitment.

James, a 6-foot-10 center from Dwyer (Fla.), is one of the biggest bodies in the class. He simply overpowers defenders with his size and strength, and certainly does not shy away from contact. James moves around effectively in order to get open on the block, and he is trying to lose weight as his senior season approaches.

James is ranked No. 54 in’s Top 100. He joins Marcus Paige and J.P. Tokoto in North Carolina’s 2012 recruiting class.

Arnaud Adala-Moto pops for Wake Forest

When Jeff Bzdelik took over the Wake Forest job, it was unclear if he would be able to recruit at an ACC-level.

Those concerns might be alleviated now, as the Demon Deacons landed their highest-profile recruit on Saturday. Arnaud Adala-Moto, a 6-foot-6 small forward from Episcopal (Va.) committed to Wake Forest.

Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens confirmed the news to

Moto was one of the fastest-rising players in the country during the spring, using his all-around game to help lead Takeover to an undefeated EYBL campaign. He is a very good defender, and is excellent at getting points off of dribble-drives and transition attacks.

Moto, ranked No. 60 in’s Top 100, joins guard Codi-Miller McIntyre, wing Aaron Rountree and forwards Devin Thomas, Andre Washington and Tyler Cavanaugh in the Demon Deacons’ 2012 recruiting class.

West Virginia lands Eron Harris

West Virginia wanted another guard in the class of 2012, and the Mountaineers got their man on Sunday.

Eron Harris, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lawrence North (Ind.), committed to Bob Huggins after visiting the Morgantown campus this weekend.

“I just feel like I’m needed there, and their coaching staff is straight up with you,” Harris told “The guys are real cool and they were willing to take me in right away.”

Harris chose West Virginia over Dayton and Loyola (Chicago).

Commitment Catch-up

  • Connor Lammert – Texas
  • Jelon Hornbeak – Oklahoma
  • Chris Jenkins – Colorado
  • Kareem Canty – Marshall
  • Willie Clayton – Charlotte
  • Reggie Moore – TCU
  • C.J. Ford – Murray State
  • Dallas Anglin – Hofstra
  • Willie Moore – Duquesne
  • Richard Carter – Drake
  • Julian Harrell – Penn
  • John Gillon – Arkansas-Little Rock
  • Torrion Brummitt – Western Carolina
  • Cedric Muakumensah – Brown
  • Kameron Mitchell – Wagner
  • Ramon Johnson – North Carolina-Central
  • Cleveland Thomas – Louisiana-Lafayette



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 10:03 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

The rich just seem to get richer.....

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 2:37 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

Great, let's all hop in the North Carolina bandwagon. Let's make college basketball as boring as the NBA.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:18 am

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

I guess ole RW is getting soft in his old age...

Back in the day he would have stopped recruiting a guy like James for such inpertinence...

See Jaron Rush as exhibit A.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2011 5:05 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

Got any gum?


Since: Apr 9, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:25 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

Great job on the recuriting part of North Carolina!

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2011 3:20 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

Thank you.

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:59 pm

Weekend Notebook: Joel James to UNC

Your first sentenmce makes no sense. You can't have something "between" one person and no other entity. ---???

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