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Chad Ford's Top 100: No. 26
James Michael McAdoo on Future:
"It's just something I want to talk to coach Roy about first."
With McAdoo's athleticism and activity inside the paint, his potential is very high. This is why he still ranks above Bullock and Hairston, despite what many consider a disappointing season.
McAdoo averaged 14.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
While those numbers are solid, some of his other numbers have certainly raised some eyebrows. He shot just 44.5 percent from the floor, 57.8 percent from the free-throw line and averaged 2.7 turnovers per game.
At this point in his career, he is far from being fully developed as a power forward at the next level. His mid-range game is inconsistent, he lacks post moves, he works too fast and doesn't appear to be a very heady player.
He would also rather try to draw a charge than contest a shot, which is why he only had 14 blocks. That doesn't play well at the 4 in the NBA.
But we also need to consider the bulging disk in his back that plagued him this season. That could have been the reason behind his lack of physicality. Though, one has to wonder if flopping on the floor or contesting a shot would be worse.
From what we have seen in McAdoo's two years at Chapel Hill, he is the least prepared for the NBA. But obviously Chad Ford and others believe he has the most potential.
That said, he may be better off leaving for the NBA.
He had a full offseason to add more dimension to his game, but that never really showed on the court this season. He was essentially the same player we saw step in for John Henson last season.
If that happened again, it could completely blow his chances at becoming a high draft pick—much less an NBA elite. It would show scouts and owners that he may never reach that ceiling.
Couple that with his back issues—which have a tendency to linger throughout careers, and eventually end them—my opinion is that he should go ahead and take the next step.
It also may take banging with NBA 4s to realize how much he needs to improve his game.
Yes, I just suggested that two of them should go ahead and enter the NBA draft. As devastating as that could potentially be to the program, there would still be a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of P.J. Hairston.
Hairston is, after all, the most dominant player of the trio.
And with the returners and incoming freshman class—which could still include top prospect Andrew Wiggins—the Tar Heels should be able to challenge for the ACC title. Perhaps, even an NCAA title.
That may be enough to keep Hairston planted in Chapel Hill.