Tar Heels' McAdoo passes on NBA Draft

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Forward James Michael McAdoo will forgo the NBA Draft in June to return for his junior year at

North Carolina, the university announced Tuesday night.

"Coach (Roy Williams) and I have been talking about this since the end of the season and

today my parents joined Coach and me in those discussions," McAdoo said. "I have decided to

stay in school at North Carolina and play another season for the Tar Heels.

"I love this school and my teammates and I love being a North Carolina basketball player.

There will certainly be a time when I want to play in the NBA, but right now I truly enjoy

college life and I want to continue doing that for another season."

McAdoo averaged 14.4 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore this

past season for the Tar Heels, who finished 25-11. He was named second-team All-Atlantic Coast

Conference.

"I am ecstatic about having the opportunity to coach James Michael for another season,"

Williams said. "He's an incredible young man who did some really nice things this year. He's

going to be an even better player in the future. Coaching young people like James Michael is

what makes me enjoy coaching so much.

"James Michael's decision says a lot about the University of North Carolina and his

teammates. He truly enjoys the entire collegiate experience. It's the reason he came to this

decision."

Teammates P.J. Hairston announced earlier that he was returning to school next year, but

Tar Heels junior forward Reggie Bullock said Tuesday that he would enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
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