Mar 17, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) reacts in the second half. The Hurricanes defeated the Tar Heels 87-77 in the championship game of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: It's Now or Never for James Michael McAdoo

When forward James Michael McAdoo arrived in Chapel Hill in 2011 many didn’t anticipate him being around for long. Well, after two up and down seasons its time for McAdoo to live up to his potential and become the player we “thought he was”!762937

From time to time James Michael has displayed the skill and athleticism that had him projected as a lottery pick in each of the last two NBA drafts, with that being said he hasn’t quite lived up to the hype and became a go to guy for the heels. If UNC has any aspirations of an ACC title or a Final Four that must change. Don’t get me wrong, McAdoo was solid last season averaging 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game but a player with his talent should be more like 18 and 10 easily. If he can be counted on for a couple more buckets and a few more boards per night, Carolina’s chances of being a real threat greatly increases.

McAdoo will definitely benefit from the Tar Heels going back to a line up with two big men. We all saw the struggles he had defending the bigger players in the post and even scoring on the block himself. So a return to his natural position of the power forward should lead to increased productivity on both ends.

Offensively, McAdoo’s main issue is he plays much too fast. Should he learn to play under control, take better shots and reduce the amount of careless turnovers, trying to guard #43 will become a nightmare. In order to meet expectations its vital that he makes free throws. James Michael only shot 57.8 percent from the charity strike last season and that’s just unacceptable from a player of this caliber. He shot more free throws than any other player on the team and probably will do so again, so he needs be closer to 70 percent.

Defensively, the Junior from Norfolk, Virginia has to get better as well. His shot blocking has to greatly improve, he only swatted 14 shots last season. A young man with this kind of athleticism and 7’1 wingspan needs to block more shoots and Carolina’s interior “D” would be better for it. If he can also get better on the ball and combine that with his knack for jumping in passing lanes and getting steals, we’re looking at an elite defender.

Bottom line if UNC has plans on a run in March James Michael McAdoo must play like the star most predicted he would become. If he’s similar to the player he was last season another early exit come tournament time could the result of it!

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