As a freshman, James Michael McAdoo came into North Carolina as a top prospect. Having to sit behind John Henson and Tyler Zeller most of the year, he didn’t really get enough playing time to show his true self. When Henson got hurt in the NCAA tournament, McAdoo shined in the spotlight.
With a chance to declare for the NBA draft as a freshman, McAdoo turned down his chance of being a lottery pick with a chance to be a star in college basketball this year.
Well, McAdoo didn’t come close to having the season he had wanted, and his draft stock decreased dramatically. His flaws were shown throughout the season and they are to major for any NBA team to take a chance on him.
As a face-up forward, you need to be able to hit mid-range jump-shots consistently and at a high rate. McAdoo can hit the mid-range shot, but he doesn’t make enough of them at a high enough percentage to play in the NBA.
McAdoo shot 45% this year and as a big man, that is not very good. With a majority of your shots coming around the rim, you need to shoot at least 50% from the field. That also shows McAdoo’s inability to finish contested lay-ups. He has an explosive step that allows him to get to the rim, but he fails to finish a lot of the shots he gets.
He has the potential and attributes to play in the NBA, he just needs to work on the skills. Having a better mid-range jump-shot, better free throw shooter, and a better finisher could all come easily with another year of hard work in the college game.
McAdoo is undecided about his future, but he would be crazy to declare for the NBA draft. And let’s be real, every Tar Heels fan wants him back.