James Commits to UNC

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- North Carolina has landed a pledge from Joel James, the 6-foot-10 senior center from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer.

Rumors had been circulating that James was going to commit to the Tar Heels and on Sunday James confirmed that talk. According to James the decision was made a few days ago in a call to head coach Roy Williams.

"It was at one point Florida State and North Carolina," James said during a break in the action at the adidas Superstar Showcase held at Lynn University. "Right now it is North Carolina. I called Coach Williams a couple of days ago."

According to James the decision came to him while he was about to take a test in school.

"I was in math class and I had a math test, it just came to me," said James. "I basically did it off of a life choice. Just the atmosphere and if you graduate from North Carolina you can do big things. Obviously it is the Mecca of college basketball so that is a major attraction."

James said he feels he can contribute immediately for a team that needs a power presence on the interior.

"Carolina is known for fast pace running, but they haven't had a post player who has played down low for a long time," explained James. "I can come in and be a power player. As you can see I can run the floor, and running that much in practice I will definitely get in shape."

James says that when he made the call to UNC, Williams was happy to receive the news.

"He was ecstatic and happy," said James. "He needed a big man and I decided to come. I guess that is how it is when every kid commits."

For James, he is already preparing for Carolina's up tempo style. According to him he has already dropped a significant amount of weight.

"I have dropped 15 pounds in two weeks just running," said James, who was listed at 280 pounds this past summer. "I just run pretty much."

By committing James becomes the third prospect in the 2012 class for the Tar Heels. He joins wing J.P. Tokoto and point guard Marcus Paige.

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