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5 Reasons Why James Michael McAdoo Made a Mistake by Declaring for NBA

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5 Reasons Why James Michael McAdoo Made the Wrong Choice Going Pro

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While speculation for college players deciding on whether or not to declare for the NBA draft is in full-swing, one player's speculation has finally come to an end. North Carolina's James Michael McAdoo has decided, to many's surprise, to declare for the NBA draft despite a pedestrian season for UNC.

Let's take a look at the five reasons why McAdoo made a big mistake.

5. North Carolina's Poor Season

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5. North Carolina's Poor Season

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It's not much to think about if you think you are for sure ready for the NBA, but North Carolina's mediocre season, under Roy Williams' standards, should have motivated the forward to come back for another campaign.

I'm not saying he would guarantee a national title in 2015, but the Tar Heels would be very, very scary next season with him.

4. He Didn't Prove Enough

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4. He Didn't Prove Enough

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McAdoo was expected to be a lottery pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, but decided to come back for his sophomore year. He then dropped off the table a bit and many were doubting whether he could be the star that he had potential to be.

After a pedestrian season, compared to his first two seasons, people are once again doubting him. He didn't prove enough while at North Carolina. That, enough, should be enough to come back for.

3. He's an In-Betweener

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3. He's an In-Betweener

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While he was a solid-sized forward at North Carolina, the 6-foot-9 athlete will have a hard time playing the post in the NBA since he already struggled to dominate down low in college. If he does end up being a small forward, he will need to develop somewhat of a perimeter game.

2. North Carolina's Incoming Recruiting Class

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2. North Carolina's Incoming Recruiting Class

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Sure, this isn't necessarily something NBA prospects think about when deciding on an early departure from college, but this could have swayed his opinion a bit. North Carolina's incoming recruiting class is currently ranked third in the nation and he could be the main guy on a team loaded with talent.

Wouldn't a title run in 2014-15 be enough to raise some stock?

1. Not Projected as a Top Pick

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1. Not Projected as a Top Pick

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I'm not sure if McAdoo was worried about his stock dropping even more if he stayed for his senior season, but he's not projected as a top pick.

Right now, McAdoo is looking at a mid-to-late second round projection and that's not exactly a guaranteed roster spot. You would think a final year of refining skills and finally breaking out would boost the stock back up to a first rounder like it was before.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.