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 Scout.com’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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com’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 CBSSports.com.
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 CBSSports.com’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 CBSSports.com. “The guys are real cool and they were willing to take me in right away.”
Harris chose West Virginia over Dayton and Loyola (Chicago).
- 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