Friday, April 6, 2012

McAdoo Staying At North Carolina

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That big gust of wind you felt was not a misplaced scirocco, but a big giant collective sigh of relief coming out of Chapel Hill where the University of North Carolina has announced that late-blooming super talented freshman James Michael McAdoo will be returning to school.

"I love being at Carolina and really enjoy competing with and being around my teammates and am excited about what we can do together next season," McAdoo said in a statement. 

McAdoo's decision is good news for the Tar Heels, who already have lost four-fifths of their 2011-12 starting lineup to the upcoming NBA draft.

McAdoo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Norfolk, Va., averaged 6.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.6 minutes this season. But he came on strong late, particularly when he started three postseason games (two in the ACC tournament, one in the NCAA tournament) in place of injured John Henson.

As he gained more and more confidence, McAdoo showed the athleticism that made him a McDonald's All-American. He averaged 10.6 points in his last seven games, including a season-high 15 points during UNC's loss to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final.

McAdoo's parents, Janet and Ronnie, said during a phone interview Thursday that the information they, and UNC's coaching staff, gathered confirmed James Michael likely would have been a lottery pick. 

"When it's all said and done, he's nineteen-years-old, and he still needs to develop emotionally and physically," Janet McAdoo said. "We told him we were confident he could make transition to the pro game if he wanted to leave -- but one more year with more playing time would make him stronger and tougher, not only just physically, but mentally. And it would give him a chance to lead."

No doubt, there is more than one member of Tar Heel Nation who's ready to nominate the McAdoos for Parents Of The Year...

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