(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo is headed to the NBA Draft come June.
After averaging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this season, McAdoo announced on Thursday that he’d be declaring for the draft after one season in Chapel Hill.
“I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge,” McAdoo said in a statement released by the school. “I had chances to go after my freshman and sophomore years but was more excited about coming back to school then. Right now I am excited about fulfilling my dream to play in the NBA and do what I have to do to take that next step.”
McAdoo could be a late first-round pick, according to multiple NBA executives.
“I am extremely happy for James Michael, but at the same time I am sad for me because I won’t get a chance to coach that youngster again,” Head coach Roy Williams said. “He’s a wonderful kid who has been a very dependable player and one of the top players in the ACC the past two seasons.”
McAdoo said he plans on returning to North Carolina to finish his degree.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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