For the coaches, team and fan base there was some relief yesterday as the official web site of UNC Athletics released a statement saying that freshman forward James McAdoo would be coming back for a second season in Chapel Hill. The 6’9″/220 lbs forward, who averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds this season, is sure to be a big part of the Tar Heels’ offense with the departure of senior Tyler Zeller and junion John Henson.
“I’ve had several discussions about my future plans with my family and Coach Williams and have decided to return to UNC to continue playing for the Tar Heels and continue my education,” says McAdoo. “I love being at Carolina and really enjoy competing with and being around my teammates and am excited about what we can do together next season.
“Every young basketball player wants to have as much information about his future and understand what others in the game think about him. It’s been interesting to learn the information that Coach Williams has gathered, but I am ready to continue as a Tar Heel. I’m enjoying my time in Chapel Hill and am excited about the future for my team and me.”
As we know head coach Roy Williams is also trying to get former UConn’s forward Alex Oriakhi to come to Chapel Hill, which the NCAA denied the school’s second appeal, and would mean that he could play right away. Will the fact that McAdoo is coming back make it more interesting for Oriakhi to come to Carolina? I would say so, since the ex Huskie would not want to be the only big man option and have double teams on him all the time. However, just like we had to with McAdoo, we will have to wait for this as well as the former Connecticut’s forward does his rounds of visits, which “definitely” include UNC, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri.