Posted: 4:00 pm Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Boys’ hoops: Dwyer’s Joel James, Jupiter’s Bobby Hain, Summit Christian’s Farad Cobb, Brandon Williams sign 

By Jeff Greer

Last year, Palm Beach County produced two Division I hoops players, though there could have been more. This year’s class has four so far.

Hain will be a star for Jupiter coach John Andersen (right) this year.

Dwyer center Joel James signed with North Carolina on Wednesday and Summit Christian’s Farad Cobb and Brandon Williams signed with Tennessee-Chattanooga and Kennesaw State, respectively, on Thursday. Jupiter forward Bobby Hain signed with Youngstown State on Wednesday. They each rank among the top players in the county.

“I’m just so happy for these guys,” Summit Christian coach Murray Smith said of Cobb and Williams. “These are four-year guys who’ve worked hard to get to this point and they deserve the ceremony and the celebration that come with it.”

Cobb, a 6-foot point guard, should play right away at Chattanooga next year. The 6-8 Williams will be a steal at Kennesaw State, which plays its basketball in the Atlantic Sun conference. They’re the main reason Summit Christian has a fantastic chance to repeat as state champs.

Hain will be one of the stars of a very good returning group at Jupiter. The 6-foot-9 forward is a lights-out shooter who has impressive range for a forward. He’ll step into Jupiter’s lead role with the graduation of Josh Schattie.

At Dwyer, the 6-11 James will take over as the focal point of a team fresh off a state title. He was part of UNC’s impressive haul, which was the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com. He’ll join forwards Brice Johnson and JP Tokoto and point guard Marcus Paige in Chapel Hill next year.

Dwyer's Joel James signed with North Carolina on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Alex Junnier)

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