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North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo is entering the draft

Apr 3, 2014, 2:17 PM EDT

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North Carolina junior forward James Michael McAdoo is entering the NBA Draft, the school announced on Thursday.

“I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge,” McAdoo said in a statement. “I had chances to go after my freshman and sophomore years but was more excited about coming back to school then. Right now I am excited about fulfilling my dream to play in the NBA and do what I have to do to take that next step.”

MORE: The entire list of players entering the 2014 NBA Draft

McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 boards, helping to lead North Carolina to a 24-10 record and the Round of 32. He had the chance to enter the NBA Draft after his freshman and sophomore seasons but returned to school.

He’s projected as a mid-second round pick, according to Draft Express.