McD A-A: Day 3 Practice Report

CHICAGO --- With the game fast approaching, the practices continued Tuesday at the ATTACK Center.

* James McAdoo continues to impress onlookers. In fact, one NBA scout said he thought he may be the best NBA prospect at the McDonald's All-American festivities.

* The word that keeps coming up to describe McAdoo is versatile. I've heard at least three people use the word throughout the week. It's true - his mobility and ball skills make him a unique player at his size.

* P.J. Hairston and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope matched up some in practices today. Both played well. Hairston is the more physical player, while Caldwell-Pope has a quicker release. Their shot and range is quite similar.

* Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, broke down the two North Carolina signees in attendance. Here's his take on P.J. Hairston:

"I think he's been very, very aggressive. That's impressive. He's looking to take it upon himself on both ends of the floor. He's not taking anything for granted. A lot of time kids come here and they just have fun. That's cool. But he came here to get work done and I liked to see that."

When asked about early playing time, Givony said he can see him finding a way on the court sooner than later.

"I don't see any reason why not. He has the body. He has the skill level and he has the mentality. What kind of role he goes in there with [I don't know]. There's a couple of good wing players in front of him right now. So he's going to really have to show some things on both ends of the floor to make it. Because of that it's going to take some time. But because of his skill he could be a high impact guy for any college right off the bat."

Top 10 recruit James McAdoo is one of Givony's favorite prospects here at the McDonald's game.

"I think he's top three on my list of future pros here. His body has improved. He's always had a phenomenal skill level and a super high basketball IQ. I love his demeanor. I love his confidence. He's not in a rush to show anybody how good he is. He just goes out there and gets the job done."

With UNC's lack of depth in the low post, Givony expects McAdoo to see the court early and often.

"He can play the four. He can play the five. He's going to be able to defend. He's going to be able to rebound. He has a college ready body. I would be shocked if he wasn't playing 20 minutes a game for them next year."

* The East squad is coached by Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High coach Bob Cimmino. He broke down the UNC prospects in his brief viewing.

"He's been versatile," Cimmino said of Hairston. "He can play inside and out. He listens. Today is the second practice we've had together and he asked some questions and seems like an intelligent young man with a great upside."

"He hasn't stood out yet with us," he added. "But we only had him two hours today and a hour and a half yesterday. I just think that's he's versatile and probably a two or three at the next level and he's willing to listen."

McAdoo, who will get the starting nod for the East squad tomorrow, jumped out to Cimmino early on during the practices.

"He's very physical and obviously has a gifted physique," he said. "He's able to do things that smaller guards are able to do. He's combining strength and grace into game. It's nice to watch. He can also make his own shot."

"I would definitely think so," he said when asked if he could have an impact on UNC early. "He's going to contribute. I think he's there physically almost already. I think he's going to help them."

James McAdoo
P.J. Hairston


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