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UNC’s James Michael McAdoo to return for the 2013-2014 season

Apr 16, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

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North Carolina lost Reggie Bullock to the NBA, but Tar Heel fans got some good news on Tuesday night as James Michael McAdoo announced that he would be returning to school instead of entering the 2013 NBA Draft.

“Coach (Williams) and I have been talking about this since the end of the season and today my parents joined Coach and me in those discussions,” McAdoo said in a release sent out by the school. “I have decided to stay in school at North Carolina and play another season for the Tar Heels.

“I love this school and my teammates and I love being a North Carolina basketball player. There will certainly be a time when I want to play in the NBA, but right now I truly enjoy college life and I want to continue doing that for another season.”

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McAdoo averaged 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds this past season, but he had an up-and-down season on the whole. McAdoo is a terrific athlete, but he lacks a position. He doesn’t have enough of a low-post game to be a power forward, but he needs to improve his jump shot and perimeter skills to be a small forward.

This is huge news for the Heels, however. UNC made their run last season when Roy Williams gave up on using one of his young big men in the paint and opted instead to use McAdoo at the five and play small. With PJ Hairston returning, that will still be an option for the Heels, but the addition of five-star forward Isaiah Hicks and four-star big man Kennedy Meeks, Williams will have more quality front court depth next season than he did this past season.

The loss of Bullock will hurt, but Hairston proved himself to be a more explosive score by the end of the year. Finding a low-post scoring presence and developing either Marcus Paige or Nate Britt into a pure point guard will be the key for the Tar Heels next season.

But the return of McAdoo is a huge boost to their ACC title chances.

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  1. sportsbastard - Apr 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    “Up and down season on the hole.”?? Lol nice editing cft

  2. lundy337 - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Thanks sportsb. I got a nice laugh out of that. Accidental pun certainly should be intended.

    This is such a colossal mistake by McAdon’t. Expect to see the same rhetoric next year. McAdon’t isn’t going to improve enough under roy’s “tutelage” next year to move ahead of any of the Freshmen at Kentucky. So McAdon’t will likely end up in the second round of next year’s draft same as he would this year. Which means one of two things; unc’s money was better than the NBA’s second round money, or McAdon’t’s mom got the last $100K/year fundraising job over Bullock’s mom.
    Either way I’d expect McAdon’t to be back for his Senior season.
    Pay attention recruits! You gotta play at least 3 years at unc to be on the same level as most freshmen at Kentucky. 2nd round NBA money is like being on welfare compared to real ballers…

    unc under an aging roy continues to show it does not have the ability to develop players for the NBA. Wonder how this affects Wiggins decision? Probably not good I’m guessing.

    • garysoucie - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      I don’t think a GOOD college coach’s job is “to develop players for the NBA.” It is, I believe, to develop college students as citizens as well as players. I don’t think Roy, or Dean Smith, ever believed that the UNC basketball team to be an NBA kindergarten. The Tar Heels who went on to have spectacular careers in the NBA–Michael Jordan, James Worthy, et al.–played as explosively in college. So what? Few Tar Heel athletes, especially basketball players, spend the prime or “golden” years of their lives in prison. Can’t say that about a lot of ivied professional training grounds.

  3. garysoucie - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Oops–In the previous post, I meant to say that Jordan, Worthy, et al. did NOT play as explosively in college. My point? They were coached to be team players, not one-on-one superstars

  4. lundy337 - Apr 19, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    That is certainly a valid argument gary, however I take issue with your use of the word student to describe any UNC athlete given the scandals of fake classes, forged grades, and even breaking news today of a current UNC athletic academic support counselor admitting to faking documents supplied to the NCAA on eligibility.

    If a college coach is supposed to prepare athletes to be good citizens then I fail to see how recruiting athletes that can barely read and then ingraining them in a culture of cheating prepares them for anything in the outside world except the NBA kindergarten.

    Using Jordan and Worthy as examples doesn’t really work as that was 30 years ago. The run amok culture of athletics first at UNC was just starting to take hold then. As example UNC’s ousted and shamed chancellor Thorp thinks athletic directors should take MORE not less control of athletics from the academians so that administrators can focus on real academics.

    Given what has been going on at UNC I don’t think administrators should give MORE control to an already screwed up system that has already stated recently that it wants to expand it’s budget by $30 Mil to $100 Mil. I’m sure with that much money going on they would really continue to hold academics in the highest regard….

    What’s a fake class or 2 or 400 when $100 Mil is on the line?

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