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McAdoo looking to be difference maker with new position, hard work

Posted July 8, 2013
Updated July 9, 2013

— University of North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo could have been shaking hands with David Stern at last month's NBA Draft, but after an up-and-down sophomore season, the 6-foot-9 Norfolk, Va., native felt he still had work to do before leaving Chapel Hill.

In two seasons, McAdoo has averaged better than 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while accumulating nine double-doubles. Still, he feels like there is work to be done.

"Just gotta work on my game, you know?” McAdoo said. “The NBA's a whole another level, it's a whole another beast. But with that, I want to be able to master the college game before I take that next step."

McAdoo hoping to contribute more from forward spot Medlin: McAdoo hoping to contribute more from forward spot

Part of the growth process will involve moving back to his natural position. McAdoo spent much of last season playing center, but with as many as six other post players contending for playing time this season in Chapel Hill, McAdoo should move back to a forward slot.

“We're a big team, and that's definitely something that I like,” McAdoo said. “It allows me to be more perimeter oriented, where I feel like I'm more comfortable."

McAdoo shot better than 50 percent from the floor 13 times last season and nearly 45 percent from the floor on the year. He attempted just two three pointers, missing them both.

McAdoo also fought through a nagging back injury last season, which didn't make playing out of position any easier as he led the team with 96 turnovers.

"I wasn't 100 percent, and I can say that honestly, McAdoo said. “I just look at how small I was, going up against guys like (Duke's Mason) Plumlee, (Maryland's Alex) Len, and (Kansas' Jeff) Withey. You know, with that came another learning curve. From my freshman year to my sophomore year, and now going into my junior year, I think it's just getting better on the court. I shot horrible from the free throw line, for example - and that's not me. That's something I'm working on, and being able to be a better low post scorer. It's all coming from hours in the gym."

McAdoo attempted 173 free throws last season; the only other Tar Heel to shoot more than 100 was PJ Hairston (113). However, McAdoo made just 100 of them for a team-low among players with at least 27 attempts at a .578 percentage.

UNC is hoping a healthy, focused McAdoo could be a difference-maker this season.

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  • BeastOfTheHill Jul 9, 12:47 p.m.

    UNC changing the subject. P J is the story!

    — Posted by jdupree

    Did UNC write that article?

    •Reporter: Ken Medlin
    •Web Editor: Aaron Schoonmaker

    I think not DA.

  • Sauras69 Jul 9, 12:29 p.m.

    I sincerely do appreciate McAdoo's attitude and how he carries himself on and off of the court. Great young man. Wishing him the very best this season.

  • trueblue0100 Jul 9, 10:56 a.m.

    why would anyone guaranteed millions come back to chapel hill to play for free? hmmm? wonder why?

    — Posted by dthedrick

    Try reading the article. He said that he didn't think he was ready to move to the next level. It appears that he is looking for longevity in his NBA career and that's intelligence; something you appear to lack!

  • duane11 Jul 9, 10:14 a.m.

    I would say WRAL is the troll in this case. Why place an article about a kid who is working... View More

    — Posted by Jewelry-EricLeak

    it took a long time for you to make a sensible post...congrats

  • Ken D. Jul 9, 9:50 a.m.

    His goal is to return to what he considers his natural position. But except for two freshmen, the other post players are the same ones who couldn't get the job done last year. I expect him to log a lot of minutes at the "4" and some at the "5" this year unless Kennedy Meeks blossoms quickly.

  • Glory Jul 9, 9:47 a.m.

    Maybe he can reduce his Turnovers from 4 to 3 a game and Rebounds from 7 total (7 Defensive, 0 offensive) to 8 total (8 Defensive, 0 Offensive), and Freethrow % from 50% to 51% and FG % from 42% to 43%. Now that would be a HUGE impact. Not sure why the offense ever went through butter fingers.

  • Tackman792000 Jul 9, 9:40 a.m.

    With the experience he's gained over the past two seasons, I am looking for him to have a breakout year this coming season. Consistency is the word he needs to focus on. I think he has all the tools to be a very successful NBA player. He runs the floor well, can finish, can rebound; all he needs is consistency and you're looking at a potential ACC Player of the Year.

  • kmor2013 Jul 9, 9:37 a.m.

    cheaters never win

  • BlueDevils00 Jul 9, 9:02 a.m.

    McAdoo could have shaken David Stern's hand the last two Junes, but I'm glad he chose to stay in... View More

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    I agree. I think McAdoo seems like a tremendous person. He has the ability to be a very special basketball player. He is not a center, and like he said, going against 7'0" is going to be tough for a 6'9" guy that is naturally more of a perimeter player.

    It's pleasant to see him coming back to school, despite having a chance at the NBA each of the past 2 seasons.

    I like JMM, I hope he does well. But if Hairston isn't around, defenses will be keying in on him, and he won't have much help to alleviate the pressure.

  • LetsgoDuke Jul 9, 8:34 a.m.

    ^Because he didn't want to face the embarrassment of falling to the 2nd round after taking bad... View More

    — Posted by 903 PJ trusted Rodney Blackstock

    Lottery pick or not last year, you know like I know that he was not ready for NBA basketball. I personally think it was a good move by Roy, although he was wrong about Reggie

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