UNC Enters Picture for Florida Center

North Carolina continues to search for the right post prospect for its 2012 recruiting class and that search brought Roy Williams to Miami (Fla.) Dwyer this week.

Dwyer's center, Joell James, at 6-foot-10, 280 pounds, is one of the most improved big men in the junior class.

Since his arrival to the high school scene last spring, James has spent a considerable amount of time working on his game.

"I've been in the gym and around people that are trying to get me better," James told InsideCarolina.com. "They are trying to develop me to be a better player."

For a guy his size, James, who will move into Scout.com's 2012 rankings when they are updated, moves relatively well, has a great set of hands and has developed a handful of moves on the block.

"I'm a post player," James explained. "I'm a big man. My game is basically like a power, back to the basket game. But I can get out and run if I need to. I can run the floor."

College coaches from across the country have taken note of his improvement. South Carolina, Florida, Miami, UCF, West Virginia and UMass have already offered, while Clemson, Florida State, Xavier and UNC have shown interest.

"It's still really early," he said of his recruitment. "Everything is still up in the air."

UNC assistant coaches have already scouted Dwyer twice this winter, and head coach Roy Williams was in the stands on Tuesday night. James also recently had a phone conversation with Williams.

"I talked to Mr. Williams on the phone," James said.

"I think I was in awe that I was talking to him. I was shocked."

Although North Carolina hasn't offered him a scholarship, the coaches have told James that they want to begin the recruiting process with him.

"They said they were recruiting me for the class of '12 and that they were really interested in me," James said.

While UNC's interest just started, James said he was excited to hear from the Tar Heels.

"Anytime you get North Carolina talking to you have to be doing something right," James said. "I'm kind of excited about that.

"It's one of the greatest programs in college basketball. I like their style of play and they develop pretty good big men."

When the spring travel circuit begins in a few months, James will once against be with the Florida Rams.

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