He just announced he’s heading for the NBA.
“I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge,” McAdoo said in a statement released by the school on Thursday. “I had chances to go after my freshman and sophomore years but was more excited about coming back to school then. Right now I am excited about fulfilling my dream to play in the NBA and do what I have to do to take that next step.”
This is slightly surprising. McAdoo hasn’t quite progressed as far as some thought he was supposed to. His jump shot is still a work in progress, his accuracy from the line is terrible and he doesn’t really have a go-to post move. At the next level, it feels like he’s going to be stuck in that gray zone between a 3 and 4. He doesn’t shoot well enough to play the 3, but then, he’s probably not big enough to play the 4. On the plus side, he’s incredibly strong and athletic. He runs the floor, has a decent handle and never seems to give less than maximum effort. Also, he once had a sweet beard.
As I said on the podcast, returning for his senior year would have perhaps been a bit humiliating for him. After all, this was a guy who was tagged as a top 5 draft pick after his freshman year. For him to stay 4 years would have signaled to everyone that he’s been moving backwards and that his potential didn’t quite pan out.
Best of luck to him in the NBA. He was always fun to watch, though sometimes frustrating. Maybe his best contribution to Carolina basketball was playing a big role in saving this past season. When the team started in an 0-3 hole in conference play, it was McAdoo who refused to give up. He put the team on his back and showed them how it to win games, if not always through scoring, then through effort — getting steals, grabbing big boards, taking charges. He’ll certainly be missed and the team would have been better with him next year.
That said, it’s going to be fun to start imagining what the starting line-up will be next year without him…