Florida Big Man Not Focused On Decision

Joell James (6'10, 280, C) popped up on the radar in the Spring. Is he still interested in Duke? TDD was on hand in Chicago last week to get an update.

Among the numerous high-major big men in the 2012 class, Florida-native Joell James is quickly proving to be among the best. The four-star center recently spoke with The Devil's Den about the latest in his recruitment.

James, who has had a strong spring playing with the Florida Rams, is currently rated No. 31 nationally, while being regarded as the 11th best center in a very deep and talented crop of post players.

A massive 6-10 and 280 pounds, James is currently on the radar of a number of high-major programs. James claims offers from Florida, Florida St, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio State, Miami (Fla) and Louisville, among others and also is receiving new interest from Texas, Duke and North Carolina.

The recruiting process has certainly picked up for Joel, but for now he's concentrating on improving his game.

"I haven't talked to anybody, my coaches have talked to them," James said of the recruiting process. "Right now I'm not looking to commit or anything at the end of the summer, but definitely before my senior year."

So what does James bring to the table? In a time when many young bigs want to showcase their newly found perimeter skill, James is focused with an old-school approach.

"I'm just a big body that clogs the paint," James acknowledged with a smile.

Still, Joell is working on improving in certain areas of his game.

"Definitely my wind," James said. "Just being more efficient on the offensive end and definitely my defensive rebounding (is what I'm working on)."

Recently in the Best Buy Classic, James had a big test, going against Texas commit and five-star center Cameron Ridley. A big post presence at 6-10 and 260 pounds, himself, Ridley and James matched up in a contest that ultimately went to Joel and the Rams.

"It was kind of fun because normally I don't play against somebody my size," James said of the matchup with Ridley. "That was actually a game where I could post up, put my weight on somebody and not get a cheap foul called, it was fun."

While the recruiting process is still early for James, he does have some key areas he is looking for in a school.

"Not really style of play because I feel like I can fit in anywhere," James said. (From an) academic standpoint, my mother always said, ‘You have to go to school and do something.' But on the hardwood, I just want a chance to play, show that I can play, and have a chance to play in the NBA someday."


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