James McAdoo says he'll stay in high school

June, 22, 2010
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Picking the prom over immediately playing for Roy Williams couldn't have been an easy decision for James McAdoo to make, but the North Carolina commit will reportedly return to high school for his senior season rather than take up the offer to graduate and start his college basketball career one year early.

McAdoo, who ESPNU currently ranks as the nation's No. 5 overall recruit in 2011, simply wants to enjoy that final year of high school, according to ZagsBlog.com.
"Basically I was telling myself that I wanted to go to Carolina and wouldn’t really mind missing my senior year and the McDonald's Game," he said. "But once I thought about it, it's something that I really wanted to do."

The No. 1 power forward in the Class of 2011, McAdoo said he wanted to enjoy his senior year of high school and attend the prom.

The Tar Heels, searching for frontcourt help since David Wear and Travis Wear transferred to UCLA, have been creatively trying to fill the void.

Justin Knox graduated from Alabama early and will enroll at North Carolina as a graduate student so he can play his senior season of eligibility without sitting out a year.

But with McAdoo deciding to stay in school and recruit Kadeem Jack sticking with his decision to attend prep school, the Tar Heels will have to be patient until more help arrives.

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