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Up Close: Joel James, Part II

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Anyone who saw Joel James last August might not recognize him today.

James, the 6-foot-11 senior center at Dwyer High who has signed with North Carolina, tipped the scales at 310 pounds last summer. When interviewed this week, he said he now weighs a svelte 262. James chuckled when asked if he'd been hanging out with Sir Charles Barkley lately or joined a Weight Watchers diet plan. "No, no, nothing like that," James said. "I felt like I wanted to gain more muscle...

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