After a disappointing loss to end their season, North Carolina now needs to begin looking towards next season. With only one senior, Dexter Strickland, the Tar Heels should have everyone coming back next season except for the starting guard.
Then there is always that question — will anybody declare for the NBA draft and leave school early?
For North Carolina, there are no guaranteed lottery picks on their team, but Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston, and James Michael McAdoo all have the capability of playing in the NBA next year.
When Carolina’s coach Roy Williams was asked about the situation, he said that he none of them are definitely leaving early. He feels that all three of them can play and will play in the NBA at some point in their career, but he doesn’t feel that will be next year.
Coach Williams did say that he will look into it for them and get information from pro scouts about Bullock, McAdoo, and Hairston as he always does.
Bullock, if he returns, would be entering his senior year while both McAdoo and Hairston would be juniors At the end of last season, McAdoo had the chance to be a lottery pick even though he was the sixth man for the Heels. His stock has certainly dropped after his play during his sophomore year.
Of the three, Hairston would probably be the most suited for the NBA, but neither of the three are even close to being ready for the next level.
McAdoo is a face-up forward who can get to the basket and is extremely quick for his size, but his offensive game still needs a lot of work. He struggles with the mid-range shot and as a face-up forward in the NBA, that is essential to have. McAdoo would also benefit from getting a lot stronger and really work on finishing at the rim.
The three Tar Heels still have a lot of time to make their decision and will need a lot more information before doing so, but they most likely return next year. All three averaged double-figures this season and if they return, North Carolina will be a pretty darn good basketball team next year.