'A Perfect Fit For Me'

James McAdoo hadn't planned on committing to North Carolina this weekend. In fact, the newest Tar Heel was looking forward to another visit next weekend. However, things changed during his visit to Chapel Hill. The 6-foot-8 junior from Norfolk (Va.) Christian talked to InsideCarolina.com about his visit and decision.

What was your mindset as you were headed down to Chapel Hill on Friday night?

"I really had no plan of committing as far as going down there. It hadn't crossed my mind because I already had plans to go to Virginia this weekend and me and my parents were planning on it.

"We went down to the [alumni] game on Friday and it was great experience. Then we came back on Saturday to sit and talk with the coaches which was a last minute thing and they had the football game to get ready for and everything."

What happened when you sat down to meet with Coach Williams?

"We sat down and talked with Coach Williams and he laid out the plan that he had for me in the future if I were to attend there. It was kind of like the last piece of the puzzle. He told me some things that I hadn't really thought of that much.

"I didn't feel any need to walk out that door without telling coach ‘I'm a Tar Heel' so that's what I did."

What was it that Coach Williams said that made you comfortable enough to give a verbal commitment on the spot?

"He said a lot of stuff that really hit home and went on about how they would be able to use me. I'd already been praying about it a lot and while he was talking I said, "Coach, I have to apologize.' I told him I haven't really been listening to a lot of what he's had to say because I've been thinking a lot about the recruiting process and it had been weighing on me.

"Basically he was able to show me where I fit down the road and it was a perfect fit for me. With Carolina you always have guys going pro and stuff and I felt like I'd be able to contribute coming in as a freshman and that I wouldn't have to play center. I really see myself as a three/four kind of player who is versatile and I wanted to be sure that I could play that role."

Can you talk about what it felt like to experience Friday night's events first hand and if it was tough to keep from getting caught up in the moment?

"You had to be there to experience it. Seeing all of those professional players. We got to see them play pickup and they were all so down to earth and right there. It was just awesome.

"You have to break it down and you don't want to make a decision on your emotions. But, I know I made the right decision."

How did you feel after making your decision?

"I felt so good last night. It's good to know that you know where you are going to be spending your college years. Not having to worry about all of the recruiting stuff is a relief. I know that it's also going to be a relief to my coaches and teammates because now they won't have to talk to all of these other schools. It wasn't really a distraction, but I guess kind of a burden in a way."

You haven't been able to play for a while because of your shoulder injury, how's that coming along?

"I'm getting better. I don't have to wear a sling anymore. I just got cleared by the doctor this last week. I can start shooting 25 free throws a day so I'm pretty excited about that. I can't really have any physical contact or anything like that, but it will feel good to get back to work. I'll probably start doing some plyometrics and things like that too."

Now that you've made your decision, what's the one thing that really stands out to you about being a Tar Heel?

"That's a really tough question. I guess the first word that comes to mind is legacy. It's something that nobody can take away from you. It's just the brotherhood and the joy. My mom started crying when I told her. Just to see the overwhelming joy in my parents' eyes when I told them about my decision and that I'll have the opportunity to represent Carolina was amazing."

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