UNC Basketball: 4 Reasons James Michael McAdoo Will Not Live Up to Expectations

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UNC Basketball: 4 Reasons James Michael McAdoo Will Not Live Up to Expectations
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If you listened to ESPN's Doris Burke during "Late Night with Roy," you would assume that James Michael McAdoo dominated the scrimmage and would be the uncontested "go-to" guy for the North Carolina Tar Heels.

That was simply not the case.

This is just a small example of what the media has done to hype McAdoo beyond what we have seen on the court thus far. ESPN's NBA draft guru Chad Ford slated him to go seventh in the draft, had he decided to forgo his sophomore year at UNC.

Though it's hard for me to claim to have a better grip on basketball talent than those under contract with ESPN, I have no idea what they are thinking.

Anyone that follows my articles on a regular basis knows that I'm very positive about this Carolina squad in 2012-13—even at the risk of being labeled a "homer." My evaluations have been completely honest and forthright, however.

That doesn't change when it comes to speaking on negative aspects of anyone's game.

There are areas of James Michael McAdoo's game that keep me from being sold on his potential. He is a steal machine—which is why I have dubbed him "The Angler"—and a superb athlete with an endless motor.

But where is the offensive prowess in the half court that would place him in the elite class? I just haven't seen it.

Sure, as Burke mentioned, he looked like he was ready to be the go-to guy by the amount of shots he took in the scrimmage. At some point, McAdoo has to start making the shots he takes.

The expectations of James Michael McAdoo are simply too high for him to live up to.

Before I break down the reasons I feel this way, let me be clear about one thing: As much as I love being right, there is nobody on the face of this earth that wants me to be wrong about McAdoo more than myself. But I call it as I see it, and what my audience deserves is honesty in my analysis.

I can only hope this gets to James Michael McAdoo and motivates him to prove me wrong this season.

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