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North Carolina’s James McAdoo declares for NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2014, 4:04 PM EDT

James Michael McAdoo AP

After three seasons at North Carolina forward James McAdoo is headed to the NBA.

He made it official with an announcement through the university Thursday.

“I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge,” McAdoo said in a released 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.”

McAdoo is likely a second round pick (DraftExpress has him 25th in the second round, which is close to undrafted), a 6’9” power forward who is athletic but can’t really space the floor — he didn’t shoot the college three and he was a mess from the midrange, reports PBT’s NBA Draft expert Scott Isaacson of and Rotoworld. McAdoo has good physical tools and has good defensive instincts, but his offensive game outside 8 feet will make him easy to guard at the next level.

He has a lot of work to do to really contribute at the NBA but his development stalled out at the college level so this was likely the right move, Isaacson said.

Yes, James is related to NBA legend Bob McAdoo — Bob is James’ second cousin once removed. As best as I can figure out.

  1. kb2408 - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Thanks for answering my question…I was wondering if he was Bob’s son.

  2. edavidberg - Apr 3, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    He’s a role player at best and may not be in the league long. Not sure what he does well.

    • spursareold - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      He was considered a lottery pick or near so a few years ago. I’ve seen him projected as a second rounder this year. If he stayed at UNC another year, he might not get drafted the way he’s trending.

  3. asimonetti88 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    If he had gone earlier he probably would have been a higher pick.

  4. dacapt704 - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Yup…that’s why its ironic that everyone (especially NBA GMs) wants these kids to stay in school yet the longer they play college ball, the more reasons they find to criticize your game which ultimately hurts your draft stock. Crazy system…

    Sidenote: This kid isn’t ready, needs to develop more overall skills

    • spursareold - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      If a player works at his game, staying can improve their stock. This kid obviously was just marking time to try to improve his draft slot. It wasn’t staying in school that did him in, it was lack of progress. He’s essentially the same player as 2 years ago, only two years older.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      That’s a very important point.

      People keep talking about how players should stay another year in college to get more ready, but if the player doesn’t improve “enough” in that extra year, GMs hold it against the players. They start describing that player as having a “low ceiling” unless he improves significantly every year.

      So in addition to the injury risk, players who stay in college risk getting labeled as not improving fast enough.

      • spursareold - Apr 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        If he doesn’t significantly improve his game in college, over time, how would you expect him to thrive in the NBA? That SHOULD be a red flag.

      • adamsjohn714 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:27 AM

        @spursareold……. teams routinely draft awful players for a myriad of stupid reasons. I’m not sure that some GMs would avoid players with literal red flags on them.

        Colleges limit practice time, have significantly worse competition than the D-League, and suspend you for driving a rental car. The place to get better is undoubtedly the NBA, so stifling your development isn’t the best way to improve draft stock.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 3, 2014 at 8:58 PM

      @ dacapt704


  5. genericcommenter - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Interesting how the game has evolved to the point that a PF is graded on his lack of 3pt range.

    • spursareold - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      He apparently has no mid-range shot either, and PFs have needed THAT for 20 years or so.

      • genericcommenter - Apr 3, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Good point!

    • casualcommenter - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM

      The college 3 point line is roughly equivalent to an NBA long-2.

      If he doesn’t trust his jumper that far out, then the opposing power-forward guarding him will sag into the paint and leave him alone whenever he’s not near the basket. Unless he plays with a “stretch-5” like Chris Bosh when the Heat go small, he’ll find it tough to score with both the opposing power forward and opposing center camping near the basket.

      Even the super athletic Blake Griffin has worked hard to develop a jumper because it’s hard to be consistently effective with a glaring weakness like the lack of a jumper.

  6. ravenswhat - Apr 3, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    He’s terrible.

  7. borisalessandri - Apr 3, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Saw him play in San Antonio… Meh.

  8. sportsfan18 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    He should have gone to Duke!

    Coach K woulda had him NBA ready…

  9. phillylawhopeful - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    I’m so happy I won’t need to hear announcers shout “Jamesssss Michaellll McAdoooooo” anymore because he’ll fade into obscurity soon enough.

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