Heels Building Bond with McAdoo

James McAdoo is beginning to sift through the overwhelming interest from top schools. He's not nearing a decision, but through visits and phone calls, the 6-foot-8, 205-pound sophomore power forward has developed strong relationships with a few specific coaching staffs.

McAdoo said his performances last July were among the many reasons he sprung to the top of many programs 2011 recruiting board. But it was as the Boo Williams Invitational last April, where he announced himself as a player.

Playing with Boo Williams 15's for the first time, McAdoo showed off an impressive skill set, ran the floor and had the look of a future high major power forward. And that continued for the rest of the summer.

Now in the midst of his junior season at Norfolk (Va.) Christian, McAdoo is dominating the competition and averaging an impressive 26 points and 12 rebounds, while his team sits 12-3 and 7th in the state.

"It's a lot tougher [this year]," McAdoo said. "I've been getting box-and-1's, traps and a lot of different defenses. Mostly they just key on me, which opens it up for other guys on my team, but I'm managing though."

"Last year I think I really tried to force it and put everything on myself, but this year we have a lot of good players and I can really just play my game," he said. "Coach allows me to dribble the ball and I can take the ball down the court some."

A number of college programs have made their way to Norfolk to evaluate the five-star prospect. Although it's early and he hasn't cut any schools, McAdoo said he does have preferences.

"As of right now I wouldn't say I'm ruling any schools out, but I don't talk to a Virginia Tech as much as I might talk to a Florida," McAdoo said. "A lot of schools might be starting to back off because they know they don't have a chance."

Among the schools in the mix are North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Georgetown, Clemson, UCLA and Wake Forest – with the Tigers, Hoyas, Demon Deacons and Gators having already offered a scholarship.

Despite no offer from the Tar Heels, McAdoo said they are still trying to get to know each other.

"Right now they're just getting to know me and I'm trying to get to know them and build the relationship," McAdoo said. "But as far as the timeframe of when they are going to offer, [we haven't talked about] anything like that."

Roy Williams and his staff have, however, made it clear to McAdoo that he's a priority recruit. Williams saw the Top 10 prospect early in the season and assistant Steve Robinson trailed him last weekend.

McAdoo has already taken trips to North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Florida and Georgetown. But, in part due to proximity, he's been to Chapel Hill (N.C.) the most.

"It's a lot easier to go down there," McAdoo said. "I think I've been down there three times. I don't know if I'm closest with their coaching staff, but I talk to them a lot."

While he's spent some time with Roy Williams, Steve Robinson is the person he deals with the most.

"One time when I went down there I sat down and talked to [Williams] and I've talked to him on the phone a few times. But mostly I talk to one of their assistants, Coach Robinson."

While it's clear North Carolina is strong, Florida and Texas there are right there with them, according to McAdoo.

"As far as right now, the ones I talk to the most are Florida, North Carolina and Texas," he said. "I probably talk to those three the most."

Early in the basketball season McAdoo took his first trip to Gainesville (Fla.) to check out the Gators' facilities, meet their coaches and get to know the Florida program.

"I went down there a couple of months ago for an unofficial," McAdoo confirmed. "I got to see them play a football game and a basketball game. It was my first time every going down there. I really liked the campus and I got to meet the whole coaching staff. It was fun."

It's still early in the recruiting process for McAdoo, so his plan for now is to continue to develop his relationships with the coaches and take it from there.

"I just want to try and keep in touch with the coaches, but at this point I haven't really made it a priority to call them after every game," McAdoo said. "One of my coaches talks to them a lot and he handles a lot of that stuff."

"I'll definitely call some of them, like Coach Shaka Smart from Florida and Coach Robinson from UNC and then the coaches from Texas," he continued.

The sophomore standout is juggling his high school season with recruiting, but he said he's not stressing out about it.

"I just want to build a relationship with the coaches, but it hasn't really overwhelmed me," McAdoo said. "I'm just taking it one day at a time."

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