Joel James Added to Indiana Pacers’ Summer League Roster
After capturing the hearts of fans in Chapel Hill, former UNC big man Joel James will now try to charm the minds of pro scouts.
The 6-foot-10 James–a native of West Palm Beach, FL–was named Tuesday night to the Indiana Pacers summer league squad.
Despite averaging just over two points and two rebounds per game in four years as a Tar Heel, the Pacers are likely hoping James’ size can be a useful skill at the NBA level.
He’ll join 14 other young up-and-coming players trying to carve out a role for themselves on the main roster.
The first opportunity James will have to show what he’s got will be this Saturday–when Indiana opens play in the Orlando summer league against the Magic.
Before the team heads to Florida for game action, however, assistant coach Popeye Jones will hold five practices at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
As of now, the Pacers are slated to play at least four games in Orlando, but that number could grow depending on how the team performs.
If there’s one thing that is for certain about his opportunity–it’s that James is hungry to succeed.