Busy Weekend for McAdoo

Despite a scheduling conflict, James McAdoo was able to make the most out of last weekend.

After attending Late Night with Roy on Friday, McAdoo cut his visit to Chapel Hill short Saturday morning, traveling back to Norfolk for his homecoming dance.

"It was about a week and a half ahead of time when I looked at the schedule and was like ‘Oh man, I've got homecoming the same weekend as Late Night with Roy,'" McAdoo said. "I called the coaches and they were of course cool with that. So I was able to go down there and drive back on Saturday and get back in time for the dance."

Late Night was originally scheduled to be McAdoo's official visit to UNC, but with the conflict, he decided to reschedule for later in the year. McAdoo said nothing is set up yet but he expects to take the trip in November or January.

Even though McAdoo didn't stay the entire weekend, he did pack in as much as he could during the visit. Before the festivities he hung out with current players in the locker room. He also checked out the new basketball offices which have been under construction this year.

McAdoo said the facilities were "top-notch" and befitting a program like North Carolina.

"Coach Roy's new office is almost five times as big as his old office," McAdoo said. "You can definitely see it's going to be really nice for the recruits who are coming in to have somewhere to chill and hang out with the coaches."

During the festivities McAdoo hung out with the visiting recruits and caught up with friend L..J. Rose. While playing together on Team USA in Argentina, McAdoo and Rose grew close and kept in touch after the tournament. McAdoo said he helped talk Rose into visiting Carolina for Late Night so they could hang out.

"L.J. is like a brother to me," McAdoo said. "He's real chill but funny though. He's a Carolina type of kid. He's real cool and down to earth."

During Rose's visit he received a scholarship offer from the UNC staff, which didn't surprise McAdoo. Since Rose is from Houston and couldn't make it to Chapel Hill often, McAdoo thought Williams would use the opportunity to do it in person.

"I think the both of us expected him to get the offer but of course it wouldn't have been smart for him to make the decision right there," McAdoo said. "I know that he's just talking to his parents about the situation, just like anyone else would. He was excited. He definitely liked Carolina and Carolina definitely likes him. I think things look good with him."

Rose brings a lot of versatility to the point guard position, according to McAdoo. His scoring and passing ability make him a good fit at Carolina.

"If you put the right people next to him, he can definitely get the ball up the court quick," McAdoo said. "He's definitely a great player. He's definitely polished."

Since receiving the offer, Rose and McAdoo spoke on the phone but the two didn't get into many specifics.

"He just said how he and I are good friends and how we'd like to go to college together and play together," McAdoo said.

McAdoo's Norfolk Christian squad starts its season Nov. 8 and is the favorite to repeat as state champions. The Ambassadors have a tougher schedule this year including a trip to the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Norfolk Christian will face an added challenge this season as several members of this year's team are on the football team, too. With the Ambassadors expected to make a deep run in the football state playoffs, they'll most likely miss the first few weeks of the basketball season.

"It'll be interesting to see how that works out," McAdoo said. "We're favored to win the states again and, God willing, we'll be able to do that."

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