Joel James News Archive

Carolina Basketball Family Attends Joel James' Wedding

Former UNC center Joel James got married this weekend in Chapel Hill to former UNC softball player Aquilla Mateen, and the Carolina basketball family was in attendance. James played four seasons at North Carolina (2012-2016) before heading to play overseas in Japan. He is currently with the Tokyo Hachioji Trains after a season with the Kumamoto Volters.

Spurs’ Danny Green helping NBA spread basketball gospel to Japan

Spurs guard Danny Green was in Tokyo for the NBA to engage with Japanese fans at various events. “I got to meet up with some of my teammates last night,” said Green, who played in college at UNC, where he won the 2009 NCAA title. Jawad Williams (of Alvark Tokyo) won a championship here and he loves it. He wants to retire here. So does Joel James (a Hachioji Trains player).

Four Corners: Offseason Training Underway

The 2018-19 UNC basketball team has begun offseason conditioning work at the Smith Center, working with strength and conditioning coordinator Jonas Sahratian and assistant James Ayscue to begin preparations for next season. The academic year will wrap up soon, with pending graduations next month for Joel Berry, Kane Ma, Theo Pinson and Aaron Rohlman.

Vote for Joel Berry for the Sullivan Award

UNC senior point guard Joel Berry was selected Friday as one of eight finalists for the James E. Sullivan Award, which is presented annually by the Amateur Athletic Union to the top amateur athlete in the United States. Voting for the award is open to the public at, and will close on Thursday, March 29.

Joel Berry Named A Finalist for Sullivan Award

Joel Berry II, the University of North Carolina's senior point guard and Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Final Four, is one of eight finalists for the James E. Sullivan Award, which is presented by the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) to the top amateur athlete in the United States. Voting for the award is open to the public at

Joel Berry shows support for LeBron James

It was a modest gesture but Joel Berry wanted to show his support for LeBron James. So the North Carolina guard posted his own picture of “I Am More Than An Athlete” on Instagram on Saturday. “Not everybody gets to see what we do off the court,” Berry said. “That’s one of my missions is to try to get people to understand, that we have an impact on people.”

Exclusive Excerpt: Redemption

Redemption, the new book on Carolina's 2017 national title by Adam Lucas, Steve Kirschner and Matt Bowers contains dozens of behind the scenes photos and exclusive access throughout the year. The following excerpt covers UNC's trip to Fort Bragg for a preseason practice, and the impact the 2017 team still felt from the Marcus Paige/Brice Johnson/Joel James class.

Carolina Family at Marcus Paige's Wedding

Former UNC point guard Marcus Paige married former UNC dance team member Taylor Hartzog. In the picture is the happy couple, coach Roy Williams, assistant coach Steve Robinson, assistant Brad Frederick, former assistant Joe Holladay, Brice Johnson, Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson, Joel Berry, Nate Britt, Kenny Williams, Joel James, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks, and Justin Coleman.

NCAA Championship Postgame Notes

UNC won its sixth NCAA Tournament championship, third-most in college basketball history (UCLA 11, Kentucky 8). Joel Berry II was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four. He joins James Worthy (1982), Donald Williams (1993), Sean May (2005) and Wayne Ellington (2009) as Final Four MOPs. Roy Williams becomes just the sixth coach to win three or more NCAA championships.

Video: Joel Berry & Justin Jackson - UNC Basketball's Next Dynamic Duo?

Joel Berry II and Justin Jackson have their sites set on joining a group that includes Michael Jordan, James Worthy, Antawn Jamison and Vince Carter. Berry and Jackson have played a big part in helping the Tar Heels to a good 1st half of the season, but how do they compare to the great Tar Heel duos?

Former UNC Basketball Player Joel James's New World

Three months after his final game as a Tar Heel, Joel James stood panicked in the doorway of a small Japanese apartment. This 5.4 magnitude earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan was James's welcome to his new, unfamiliar home. The 6-foot-10 center for the Kumamoto Volters quickly found familiarity - and solid ground - on the basketball court.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge: Previews, picks and what to watch for

Not having James Blackmon Jr. against the Tar Heels would be a major blow for Indiana. Why? Because North Carolina is playing as well as anyone in college basketball. Joel Berry looks like an All-American, Kennedy Meeks, Isaiah Hicks and Tony Bradley are combining to average 39 points and 22 boards, and the Tar Heels are hitting 39 percent from three.

Basketball Recruiting Mailbag: UNC Scholarship Numbers

I recently received a great email question regarding UNC's basketball scholarship numbers and how they factor into recruiting, so I thought I'd share the response online.

Luke Maye brings versatility to UNC frontcourt

Luke Maye wasn’t the first person off the bench last season for North Carolina. But the graduation of Joel James and Brice Johnson leaves UNC’s frontcourt much thinner than it was a season ago. Isaiah Hicks moves into the starting lineup, and with freshman Tony Bradley as the only new big, Maye finds himself the most experienced reserve big man.

A look at Stilman White’s journey through the UNC program

Despite losing seniors Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson and Joel James to graduation last Spring, the Tar Heels still have some experience on the roster. That includes senior Stilman White. While White is not expected to rack up the minutes this season, he still possesses some valuable experience. White has been in North Carolina’s program since 2011

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