Nov 11, 2012 Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) takes a jump shot over Florida Atlantic Owls center Dragan Sekelja (left) in the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-US PRESSWiRE

UNC Basketball: What Can James Michael McAdoo Do For The Tar Heels This Season?

The 2012-2013 season is off to a great start for UNC’s James Michael McAdoo. In the first two games of this season, McAdoo has posted 26 points and 14 rebounds against Gardner-Webb, and 19 points and 11 rebounds against Florida Atlantic University. Right now, McAdoo is averaging 22.5 points and 12.5 rebounds. Pessimists will say, “Well, he is playing against lesser talent.” Although this may be true, two games into this season he is producing great numbers.

James McAdoo (also known as “J-Mac”) came out of his shell late last season when John Henson could not play for the Tar Heels due to injuries. It seems as though McAdoo is picking up where he left off last season. James is great at playing the passing lanes.

He reminds me of former Tar Heel George Lynch, who was the starting power forward on North Carolina’s 1993 team that won an NCAA championship. Lynch played his last game as a Tar Heel against the “Fab 5.” When he left Carolina, he was the all-time leader in steals. McAdoo carries himself the same way that Lynch; a soft-spoken player who leads by example.

Judging from what I have seen this season, McAdoo has been working on his low-post game during the off-season. I still think that he has some work to do on the offensive end. McAdoo is two or three moves away from being unguardable. A hook shot or fade-away jumper would be difficult to guard. With McAdoo’s size and athleticism, he will command double teams this season as well. It is no secret that James McAdoo is the man for Carolina in the low post.  As he continues to grow his new leadership role, McAdoo might be able to take Carolina somewhere they haven’t been since 2009 if he chooses to stay in Chapel Hill beyond his sophomore season.

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