Wednesday, April 4, 2012

New Deadline Faces ACC NBA Hopefuls

LESLIE (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
C.J. Leslie, Mason Plumlee and James Michael McAdoo have less than a week to decide if they are leaving early for the NBA.

A new rule, has pushed the deadline to declare options from May 8th to April 10th which eliminates time to visit teams and work out. 

Instead, players now get input from the NBA’s advisory committee, a group of league executives charged with giving early entry candidates some idea of their draft status. Tuesday was the deadline to file that non-binding request, which Leslie and Plumlee did, while McAddo did not.  The NBA is required to provide a response by Friday.

McADOO (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Joe Kotoch, editor of has said he believes McAdoo and N.C. State’s Lorenzo Brown will both stay in school. 

McAdoo is a likely lottery pick this year but could be the top pick next year. 

The freshman emerged as a dominant scorer in the ACC and NCAA tournaments after seeing limited playing time behind senior Tyler Zeller and junior John Henson for most of this past season.

McAdoo would give the Heels a much needed inside scoring presence to a team that figures to be heavily weighted toward the perimeter next season.  A good sophomore season in Chapel Hill could put him in the mix for the No. 1 pick.

“Aside from Cody Zeller, I can’t think of any other returning guys who are going to be top-five picks definitively,” Kotoch said. “(Incoming freshmen) Shabazz Muhammad and (Nerlens) Noel, and then probably a battle for that fifth spot.”

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