One of the many questions heading into this season for North Carolina was will James Michael McAdoo become the superstar many expect him to be? If his performance against Garner Webb in the season opener is any indication, that answer is a resounding yes. McAdoo set a career high for points just three minutes into the second half.
McAdoo ended the night with 26 points on 10-20 from the field and 6-11 from the line. He also added 14 rebounds, 2 assists a steal and a block and committed just one personal foul. On a night when the Heels shot just 1-12 from three point range and got little from it’s stacked perimeter group, a big night from their star player was a very encouraging sign.
It was obvious from the gate that head coach Roy Williams’ game plan is to feed the ball to McAdoo early and often. McAdoo scored seven of the Heels first 12 points and was the primary option all night long. The knock on James Michael coming into the season was that while he has tons of athleticism, he lacked a post game. That did not hold true in the season opener where he looked tough in all facets of his game.
McAdoo was great on the offensive glass, he faced up and hit jump shots, scored in transition and provided the Heels with a reliable post threat. Like all evaluations of this game we have to remember competition, this was Garner Webb, not Kentucky or Duke and McAdoo will still have to prove he can do this against elite competition but what a start it was.