North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo is still thinking about whether to return for his sophomore season or jump to the NBA early -- but he will make his decision this week, his father said in a text message Monday morning.
"James Michael came home for the weekend, we are still processing information before James Michael makes a decision,'' Ronnie McAdoo said in the text message. "[James Michael's] decision to stay at UNC or enter the 2012 draft will be made this week."
McAdoo, a reserve forward, 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 junior John Henson, who was sidelined by a sprained left wrist.
As he gained more and more confidence, McAdoo showed the athleticism that made him a McDonald's All-American -- the ability to steal balls out of the backcourt and finish on the other end, to spike putback jams.
He was also the Tar Heels’ leading scorer (15 points) when UNC lost to Kansas in the Midwest Regional final, and his late-season performances pushed him into the lottery of many mock drafts. ESPN’s Chad Ford currently lists him at as seventh in his top 100.
UNC starters Henson, Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall all announced last week that they were leaving early for the NBA. ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller is graduating. That means McAdoo's return would be particularly key, as he would be the Tar Heels' most experienced player (and go-to guy) in the post.
Last week, McAdoo's father said he expected his son to return to UNC next season -- but that it would ultimately be James Michael's decision. As per NCAA rules, players have until April 10 to decide whether to leave early for the NBA.
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