This time last year, James McAdoo was making a name for himself during on the grassroots basketball circuit by beating up on overmatched opponents in his own age group. This spring, the 6-foot-8 forward from Norfolk (Va.) Christian has been playing an age group up in the 17 and under division on a loaded Boo Williams squad.
So far, the results have been much the same as he's continued to dominate.
"It's been a great experience," said McAdoo. "I played 15 and under last year. Bumping up to 17 and under has been a lot more physical but I've been lifting weights."
Formerly a long and slender kid, McAdoo's work in the weight room is easy to see. He now sports a chiseled frame and looks to have improved his quickness, explosion and power.
"I've been lifting weights like three times a week," said McAdoo. "I'm also working on being more explosive and quicker like everybody else out there."
Capable of scoring via either skill or power in the low post, McAdoo is a versatile performer. He rockets off the floor for slams, runs the floor and is constantly working on his face up game with an eye towards his future.
"My weaknesses are that I want to work on dribbling the ball better," says McAdoo of which parts of his game he's focusing on. "At the next level there are going to be seven foot guys at my position. So, I'm probably going to need to be able to play the three so that's what Ive got to work on."
"I haven't really crossed any schools off the list but some have started to back away because they think I'm going this place or that place," said McAdoo. "But, I'm still open to everybody."
Speaking directly about Florida, the junior to be indicated that the Gators were the first program to go all in on his recruitment. Although his initial recruiter -- Shaka Smart -- left to take a head coaching job, his replacement has picked up the slack.
"It was Shaka who started the relationship," McAdoo told Fightin' Gators. "Now I'm building the relationship with Coach Pitino."
Of course, McAdoo also spends plenty of time speaking with the Gators head coach.
"Every time I talk to coach Pitino and coach Donovan is around he puts him on the phone," said McAdoo of Donovan. "I went down there last spring and liked it too."
With a busy summer awaiting him, McAdoo says that he's in no rush. He's trying out for the USA 16 and under national team which will be headed to Argentina in mid June and he's also scheduled for stops at the Amar'e Stoudemire and LeBron James Skills Academies along with playing in tournaments with Boo Williams. "I'm in no rush right now," said McAdoo of his time table for a decision. "I mean there's other schools out there and I'd really like to see about taking some more visits. Maybe to a place like UCLA before doing anything."