Junior to Watch: Byron Joynes

Byron Joynes may not have put up monster numbers last season, but there was a reason for it: Carmelo Anthony.

Joynes, the 6-9, 270-pound junior big man from Towson Catholic (Md.), never had to face any double-teams while Anthony was at Towson. However, the Syracuse-bound Anthony transferred to Oak Hill Academy (Va.) prior to this past season and Joynes was suffocated every time he touched the ball in the paint.

Joynes is a powerful player who is tough to move. He is a strong rebounder, but still needs to develop more of a mid-range shot. He'll probably get that chance this summer in AAU ball with Baltimore Blue.

"It was hard this year because they doubled me every time and I had to kick it out to my teammates," said Joynes, who averaged 13 points and nine boards per game. "Plus, they called a lot of fouls on me in the league and I was in foul trouble a lot."

Despite not putting up gaudy statistics, Joynes is still a target for plenty of elite schools. He has a top six of Maryland, Villanova, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, UConn and Texas. It's unclear as to the level of interest from the Tar Heels staff at this time.

"Right now, the leaders are between Maryland and Villanova," he said. "I'm planning on visiting Villanova either this Sunday or next Sunday."

As for his take on North Carolina, he didn't have much to say.

"They're all right," Joynes said. "I like them a little bit. I'm going to visit Chapel Hill and I'm looking forward to it."

Inside Carolina Top Stories