CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Joel James doesn't have on court experience dating back to elementary school like the other players on UNC's roster, but after three years in the UNC program the senior knows what he needs to do to help the Tar Heels succeed.
"Just trying to expand inside the post and be a dominant player when I catch the ball," James said. "Draw out double teams and kick it out where my teammates can have open shots. And just try to have better spacing on the floor through my dominant play inside."
That lack of experience before college necessitated a longer period to adjust to the speed of the college games. James thinks his instincts have caught up to the point where he can increase his production and value to the team as the backup center.
"The game has slowed down I have more patience on the block," James said. "I'm not afraid of double teams, I'm not afraid of people doubling down, I'm not afraid of putting the ball on the floor.
"I feel my game has expanded a lot and I'm fully confident in it."
For the rest of James's Media Day interview, see the above video.