It was something like a big deal in Tar Heel country when James McAdoo committed to play in Chapel Hill. He entered UNC will very high expectations that some would say the junior has yet to live up to. At 6’9” with 7’1’ wing span and descent ball handling skills and perimeter shooting, McAdoo could be a dominant forward in the NCAA.
After deciding not to enter the NBA draft following his sophomore season, James says he’s working on being more aggressive on the court and looking forward to being more of a leader for the Tar Heels.
“A lot of times, I like to be more reserved instead of taking over a game and showing what I’m capable of doing,” McAdoo said. “I always let the game come to me and didn’t force it, but that’s something that I’m trying to learn to do.”
“I think not only myself but my coaching staff will see a better James Michael,” McAdoo said. “I think the biggest thing is trying to be a leader. Last year, it was something new to me. Now, it’s something that I already have embraced.”
McAdoo’s lack of aggression has always puzzled me. It seems as if he’s not as confident in his game as he should be. Last season he shot 44.5% from the floor and only attempted two three-pointers all season. He has the talent. I just think he needs being more assertive. The Tar Heels will definitely need him to step it up in the always tough and now even more stacked ACC.