Signing Day with James McAdoo

McAdoo signs his UNC Letter of Intent

There's been plenty of coverage of James McAdoo here at InsideCarolina.com, with more than two years of reports, interviews and videos. But now, as the Norfolk (Va.) Christian standout officially became a Tar Heel by signing on Wednesday, get to know him on a different level ...

First Carolina basketball memory…

"Playing NCAA with Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants and all those guys, definitely."

Favorite Tar Heel growing up...

"Rashad McCants. I just liked his game. That was definitely when I was at the age when I started watching basketball. He wasn't really the star on the team but he definitely was a good shooter and a big body. I just liked watching him play. He had a versatile game."

Number you want to wear at Carolina...

"I really have no idea actually. I wear 14 in high school but I don't even know if I want to wear that. I'd like to wear 44 but I think Tyler Zeller wears that. Forty-four is my dad's number so I just want to hopefully represent his number. I also like 14 because of one of my other favorite Tar Heels, Danny Green, and then also because of Dirk Nowtizki. That was the number he wore when he played in Europe. That was my favorite player growing up. I got to meet him this summer at the FIBA games. That was definitely a highlight. He just has a versatile game and the ability as a seven-footer to stroke it. Hitting those fadeaways and stuff from the basket. He's definitely one of my favorite players."

Moment you knew you were going to be a Tar Heel...

"That would have to be the night of the alumni game. I went back to my grandma's and I was just laying down before I went to sleep. I wasn't asleep yet but I was still dreaming about what it would be like to play for Carolina in that kind of atmosphere in an alumni game like that. It was definitely that night. That was before I went back the next day to talk to Coach Roy. That's when I gave them my verbal commitment."

Person who is the most proud of you on Signing Day...

"It'll probably be my parents. I know my mom will actually show how proud she is but I know deep down inside my dad is going to be pretty torn up to see his son do something that he wants to do. I'm definitely excited to see how my dad reacts. Hopefully he won't be a brick wall. I know my mom started crying when I committed to Carolina, so I'm definitely expecting to see some tears from her."

Favorite Roy Williams story ...

"There are so many. He's told me so many and I can't remember any right now. He told me one story that he promised to a previous recruit that he wouldn't eat any desserts until that kid decided where he was going to college and that kid ended up going to Carolina. I think he did that with two kids and he did that with Harrison Barnes and that worked."

Favorite story with you and Williams ...

"When he came to our house he was always joking with Coach Rob because Coach Rob was enjoying my mom's crabcakes and there was one left on the plate. We were just sitting there and he was like ‘Go ahead Coach Rob, you know you want to.' That was pretty funny."

Favorite moment from the recruiting process ...

"Probably the time when I just sat down and talked with Coach Roy and made my verbal commitment. I just expressed to him how I was feeling about the program. I knew that was the beginning of where I'd be really close and tight with the Tar Heel family for years to come."

Your nickname is...

"I just got a new nickname, It's funny that you ask that. They just started calling me "churro" at school. I dunno why. We've got this thing called Club Churro at school -- like the churro you eat. It doesn't really have anything to do with the churro. It's just a funny name for a club. We have different clubs where our English teacher divides us up and we find facts and stuff about an author. It hasn't started yet, Churro is just the name for our club. They were joking with me that now that I'm getting bigger and I'm filling out, I'm not skinny like a churro. They started respecting me for that."

Biggest non-basketball achievement ...

"I just made national honor society, so I'm pretty pumped about that. You get selected. It has to do with your GPA and the classes you take. You have to get nominated by a teacher and you have to fill out the process, write a three-page paper and then you have to send out recommendations from seven previous teachers and three people in the community, just talking about you and your service and leadership."

No. 1 goal at Carolina ...

"Definitely to win the national championship my freshman year."

Your major is going to be ...

"Definitely something financial, just learning how to manage money. Maybe sports management but probably financial stuff right now going in. Maybe business."

Favorite book other than the Bible ...

"Where the Red Fern Grows. That's the only book that's ever made me cry. It's just the classic tale of a boy who saves up money, buys two hound dogs and it just shows the relationship they build. I don't want to ruin it for you. He just builds a good relationship and -- I don't want to ruin it for you. It's definitely interesting to see the boy grow up with the two dogs. You need to read that."

Your hidden talent ...

"I try to rap. Me and my boys try to rap. We make videos and stuff. We try to rap -- only on facebook though. We just hook up instrumentals on YouTube and then jot down some stuff. I'm not really good but I think I am."

The best rhyme you've ever had ...

"I have two. The first one -- I stole it. I don't know where I got it from but it's ‘I'm not a Jehovah Witness but I witness for Jehovah.' The other was, ‘I'm so diesel. I'm 'bout to go Exxon. I need some more gas. I just got my flex on.'"

The most impressive thing you've ever done on a basketball floor ...

"In the state championship game, I hit a three pointer with one minute left and I had a fractured wrist when I did that. I had fractured my wrist going into the half but I didn't know I had fractured it when I hit the three pointer. It kind of broke the other team's back because they were leading the whole game. That three-pointer put us ahead. If I missed that shot, we don't win the game."

The best game you ever played...

"I had 52 points one game but that was against this horrible team so I don't count that. But I had one of my better games against China over in Germany this past summer. I think I only missed like one shot and I think I had double digit rebounds. That was one of those games I couldn't miss. I was dunking everything. I just felt like I was dominating."

What non-basketball thing are you most looking forward to in college ...

"I just want to experience the friendships you have. All the people I'm going to know going into college are the guys on the basketball team and I know I'm not going to want to hang out with them 24-7 -- although they are my boys and everything. But meeting different people from all over the country and just building relationships with them and hopefully building lifelong bonds with people. Just enjoying the college experience."

What are you going to miss about high school ...

"All my friends, I've just gone to school with these people my whole life -- K-12. It's going to be weird. As much as I want to, I probably won't see half of them ever again. Hopefully I can keep in contact with my friends. Everyone is like family basically at a private school. Everyone knows everyone's business. But it'll be weird to go to a school like Carolina."

Biggest inspiration in your life outside your family ...

"There's a man named Jim Sceviour. Me and his son have gone to school together our whole lives but he's like a second father to me. I can go down to his house and I can tell him anything. He'll always be there for me. It doesn't matter what I do in basketball, he'll be that guy I can go to. He could care less about basketball. He's always been a guy who keeps it real with me about real-life stuff and what to expect."

COMMENTS FROM UNC HEAD COACH ROY WILLIAMS

"We are ecstatic to have James McAdoo in our basketball family at North Carolina. James is an incredibly gifted young man but even more so he's a fantastic person off the court. He has tremendous gifts as a basketball player, but his character even stands out above all that. I think he will be a marvelous addition to our team and has a chance to play immediately when he gets here to North Carolina. I'm so excited about the fact that he's coming, and I know that he will do great things there at Norfolk Christian, but we're excited and wish that he were getting here tomorrow." (Virginian-Pilot)


McAdoo, accompanied by his parents, signs his Letter of Intent to attend UNC


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