UNC Basketball: James Michael McAdoo Needs To Take 3 Steps Back To Move Forward

James Michael McAdoo has the potential to be one of the biggest stars from the North Carolina Tar Heels to play in the NCAA and NBA. Before this takes place, McAdoo needs to re-evaluate what his role is going to be. I think that he has been doing this lately because McAdoo’s stat line against the Virginia Tech Hokies on Feb. 2nd, 2013, was superb. This was clearly his best game of the season. McAdoo finished the game with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists. The key statistics for McAdoo were his field goal percentage and free throw percentage during this game. He was 8-12 from the field and 6-9 from the free throw line. McAdoo surpassed his season averages for these two categories in this game; however, he still led the Tar Heels with five turnovers. Failure to supersede his numbers for this season would have resulted in a loss for Carolina. If McAdoo continues to assert himself like he did against Virginia Tech, then UNC will be a force to be reckoned with.

Jan 29, 2013; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) looks towards his coach Roy Williams during the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. The North Carolina Tar Heels won 82-70. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

In past games, McAdoo has forced shots and turned the ball over a lot. When UNC faced the Butler Bulldogs, McAdoo had seven turnovers. Although UNC beat Boston College, 82-70, McAdoo went 7-20 from the fieldĀ  and 3-6 from the free throw line for 17 points. Some people marvel at the fact that McAdoo averages 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds a game, but ponder this. McAdoo averages 13 shot attempts a game. Taking 13 shots to average 15 points is not very good. This is literally one point per shot. I noticed a different player in James Michael McAdoo on Feb. 2nd, 2013. I noticed someone who was determined to help his team win the game. He passed the ball a lot more to his teammates. Although he turned the ball over, he did not make too many silly mistakes (i.e. fumbling the ball out of bounds, dribbling the ball off his leg). In the past, I have been very critical of McAdoo because his potential is could be George Lynch, J.R. Reid, or James Worthy.

All three of these individuals were excellent power forwards for the Tar Heels. When Lynch graduated in 1993 after leading Carolina to a national championship over the Fab Five, he was the all-time leader in steals at UNC. Reid was dominant scorer, who would be amongst Carolina’s top five all-time scoring leaders if he stayed in college for his senior season. Worthy was relentless when he came to his intensity and tenacity. He would dunk on anyone, any given time. I hope for Carolina’s sake and his own, that McAdoo continues to elevate his game to different heights. He has the potential to be amongst some of the greatest players even to don a Carolina uniform.

 

Topics: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels

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