Looking to fill its other big-man vacancy, UNC had a brief dalliance with
(Incidentally, Ronnie McAdoo's cousin
Ronnie said he and his wife,
McAdoo would be the fourth player to make an early jump from junior year of high school to college this offseason, although as Scout.com's No. 5-ranked recruit in the Class of 2011, he would garner far more attention than the trio of three-star prospects that have already made the move: Florida point guard
McAdoo would be the face of a growing trend that, as Ballin' Is A Habit's
The history of this sort of decision goes back to well before even Dawkins and Hackett. When I wrote, in
Gminski's interest in prep games in which he regularly scored 40 points and grabbed 20 rebounds had waned by his junior year. He told the paper, "It was a case where my high school league was pretty weak and I decided what would help me improve as a player was to play college ball instead of another year in a weak league."
I don't know if McAdoo can have as big an impact as a 17-year-old at Carolina as Gminski had at Duke, but McAdoo's comments about the move this week were eerily similar to the ones Gminski made 34 years earlier. "[The ACC] is way better than playing against high school competition,"
McAdoo also happens to be an honor roll student who had a 3.9 GPA earlier this year. According to Ronnie, James already has the standardized test scores necessary to enroll at Carolina. He's already won a state title at Norfolk Christian (this past March) and been named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia. Because he doesn't turn 18 until January, joining the Tar Heels this fall won't make him available for the NBA Draft any earlier, but maybe he, like Gminski, is bored, and maybe he, like Gminski, is academically and emotionally ready for college.
During a week when the No. 1 obsession in the college hoops media is the high school transcript of former Kentucky guard