James Michael McAdoo

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James Michael McAdoo
James Michael McAdoo Jordan Brand Classic.jpg
McAdoo at the 2011 Jordan Brand Classic
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 21)
Norfolk, Virginia
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Norfolk Christian (Norfolk, Virginia)
College North Carolina (2011–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Pro career 2014–present
Career highlights and awards

James Michael Ray McAdoo (born January 4, 1993) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the University of North Carolina.

High school career[edit]

He was rated as the #4 player in the class of 2011 by Scout.com,[1] the #5 player in the ESPNU 100,[2] and the #8 player by Rivals.com.[3] During his junior season, McAdoo led Norfolk Christian to the Virginia Division II state championship, where he averaged 22.5 points and 9.9 rebounds, and shot 44 percent from 3-point range.[4] In July 2010, McAdoo was a part of the gold medal winning team in the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.[5] For his performance in the 2009 FIBA U-16 tournament, USA Basketball named McAdoo their 2009 male athlete of the year.[6] On August 5, 2010, McAdoo was selected to play in the 5th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24.[7]

College career[edit]

In 2009, during his junior year in high school, McAdoo committed to join the North Carolina Tar Heels.[8] After Travis and David Wear transferred from UNC, McAdoo considered graduating a year early so he could join the Tar Heels in 2010, but he ultimately decided to stay at Norfolk Christian through his senior year.[9]

McAdoo began playing with North Carolina in the 2011–12 college basketball season. He declared for the NBA following his junior year.

Professional career[edit]

McAdoo declared for the 2014 NBA draft after his junior season at North Carolina. After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, he joined the Golden State Warriors for the 2014 NBA Summer League.

Personal life[edit]

McAdoo is a Christian. McAdoo has spoken about his faith saying, "... I just want people to realize I don’t play basketball for myself. No matter what adversities I face, how bad a season goes, or even how good a season goes, at the end of the day I’m playing for a bigger reason, and that’s to glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."[10]

McAdoo's parents, Ronnie and Janet, both played basketball at Old Dominion in the late 1970s and the early 80s, and went on to play professionally in Europe, while his older sister Kelsey also played basketball at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.[11]

McAdoo's father is the second cousin of Hall of Fame basketball player Bob McAdoo, who played at North Carolina and in the NBA.[9] James McAdoo said he calls Bob "uncle" although he doesn't know what their exact relationship is, and that "My dad's great-great-great grandfather and [Bob's] great-grandfather are like brothers."[11]

On April 2, 2014, he married Lauren Elizabeth Adkins, a UNC volleyball player.


  1. ^ "Scout.com: Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scouthoops.scout.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  2. ^ "College Basketball Recruiting - ESPNU 100 - ESPN". Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals150 for the class of 2011". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  4. ^ Eisenberg, Jeff (2010-04-06). "A mission trip helped James McAdoo decide college can wait". Rivals.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  5. ^ "James McAdoo Wins Gold; Heels Offer Cody Zeller". Tarheelfanblog.com. 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  6. ^ "USA Basketball Names James McAdoo 2009 Male Athlete Of The Year". USA Basketball. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2010-09-11. 
  7. ^ "Elite 24 Roster Revealed (First 12)". Slam Online. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-08-26. 
  8. ^ Tysiac, Ken (September 7, 2009). "Bob McAdoo's nephew commits to UNC". News & Observer. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  9. ^ a b Pickeral, Robbi (June 26, 2011). "McAdoo following familiar footsteps to UNC". News & Observer. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  10. ^ "Anchored in the Whirlwind". 
  11. ^ a b Pritchard, Catherine (June 17, 2011). "Live Wire: Basketball talent runs in McAdoo family". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 

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