McAdoo Returns To U.S.; Scores Big Offer

James McAdoo, who is No. 6 overall in the class of 2011, missed out on the first day college coaches could begin calling recruits due to his participation in the USA Men's U16 Team.

James McAdoo is finally back on American soil.

After spending two weeks in Argentina and a week in Colorado Springs (Colo.) playing for USA Basketball's Men's U16 team, McAdoo was glad to return home on Tuesday.

"It was definitely a new experience," he said. "It was probably the most fun I've ever had during a summer. I liked it more than the AAU circuit and the camps because I got to build a brotherhood with the guys for about three weeks. We all grew up together."

During competition, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward helped lead the squad to an undefeated record and a Gold Medal finish. McAdoo averaged 2nd on the team in scoring and rebounding, with 16.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

Upon returning home on Tuesday, McAdoo had a bunch of voicemails waiting for him from college coaches, since he was gone during the first week college coaches could begin calling 2011 recruits.

Among the schools that McAdoo, a standout at Norfolk (Va.) Christian, heard from while he was gone was North Carolina. Turns out he Tar Heels staff got in contact with his mom and formally offered him a scholarship.

"It was definitely something that I sort of knew was coming and was anticipating," McAdoo said. "It's an honor because they don't offer everyone."

Now with the offer from North Carolina, McAdoo has accumulated scholarship offers from every school on his list of final nine except for Duke. His list consists of UNC, Duke, Kentucky, Syracuse, Texas, Florida, Georgetown, UCLA and Virginia.

"No one is really sticking out," he added. "But Florida has been there the longest and have always been with me. With North Carolina, I've been down there the most. But then with a school like Kentucky, they just started recruiting me when school ended, so I'm still just building a relationship with them."

Florida did lose some ground for a few weeks with the loss of Shaka Smart, who was the point man for McAdoo, but the big man said they are now back in solid position.

"I definitely had a bit of a falling out with them when coach Shaka [Smart] left for VCU," he said. "But now I'm talking with coach [Richard] Pitino, so I'm definitely still talking to them a lot."

After a July full of basketball, McAdoo is hoping to take a few unofficial visits, and he pointed out two schools that he wants to see.

"I'm looking to take a visit down to Duke sometime in August and maybe even narrow it down in August or sometime after the summer," McAdoo said. "I'm definitely not going to rush anything. I'd definitely like to make a decision before my junior basketball season, but I don't want to rush anything."

"[Duke] and Syracuse. I'm going to try my hardest to get up to Syracuse. That may be a trip I make during basketball season, so I can see the atmosphere.

The five-star prospect leaves for Amare Stoudemire's Skills Academy on Sunday. He's also planning on playing in the LeBron James Skills Academy and Peach Jam in early July.

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