Mar 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) dunks the ball as Ohio Bobcats forward T.J. Hall (13) reacts during the second half of the semifinals in the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men

James Michael McAdoo Named Pre-Season All-American

North Carolina Tar Heels sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo has been named a part of the Sporting News’ 2013 Pre-Season First Team All-America team, the magazine announced on Monday.  As a freshman, McAdoo averaged 6.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game last season.

McAdoo is expected to take on a much larger role this season with the losses of Tyler Zeller and John Henson to the NBA Draft. McAdoo will be counted on to be the Heels top scorer this season and a major focus of UNCs offense.

I’m not a big fan of these Pre-Season lists, as we all know, Harrison Barnes became the first ever incoming freshman to be named as a first team Pre-Season All-American, setting unrealistic expectations for the former Tar Heel. But McAdoo’s inclusion seems spot on in my assessment, James Michael came to Chapel Hill with an extensive list of accomplishments with Team USA as a unanimous five star prospect.

McAdoo has a ton of talent and guard like skills in both the half court and the open court. His struggles early on as a freshman are more indicitive of his lack of playing time behind UNCs established stars. When given a chance at an expanded role, McAdoo shined in the post-season giving us all a glimpse of what he is capable of when given a chance.


Doug McDermott, Creighton
Cody Zeller, Indiana
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh

C.J. Leslie, NC State
Michael Dixon, Missouri
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Alex Poythress, Kentucky
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
B.J. Young, Arkansas
Peyton Siva, Louisville
Trey Burke, Michigan
Adonis Thomas, Memphis

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Alex Poythress, Kentucky
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, Indiana


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  • Captain Arctic

    At first glance, this appears to be the downest (is that a word?) year in college basketball ever. No slight against the guys on the teams, but look at it…..

    • Horran Cameron

      Captain, it’s happening! I’m not going to show bias because there is a Heel on the first team. This list is a joke. Lorenzo Brown on N.C. State is, rather, was the best player on their team last season and he gets no respect. No one from Louisville’s team is mentioned until the 3rd team??? Also, no disrespect to Deshaun Thomas but I do not see him as a 1st team AA. Possibly, he could shock us like Thomas Robinson.

    • Matt Hamm

      I couldn’t agree more, the only upside to it is anything can happen and a team like Carolina could shock people. I hate to say it but look out for NC State.

  • Tar!Nation!Cj

    A mild surprise to me McAdoo is 1st team All American. His stock shot through the roof at the end of last season but that was last season. JMM will not have the support of Barnes, Marshall, Zeller, and Henson this season so now JMM becomes a leader. Interested to see how he matures into a potential go to player. LMD and Strickland returning as seasoned veteran player will help. Hold on and Buckle your seat belts because this upcoming season with be exciting and also unpredictable

    • Krissy

      I’m a huge UNC fan as well as an alumnus and I have to agree that this is a huge shock to me. I think McAdoo is a good player but where did he prove himself enough last year to make a 1st tier All American team? I hope this works out to be correct and he tears up the league this year, but I haven’t seen the evidence to support it.

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