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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tar Heels nab top recruit

Posted by on Sun, Sep 6, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Ol' Roy did it again but it wasn't Harrison Barnes -- instead James McAdoo, the No. 2 ranked player in the class of 2011 and the top power forward in his class, committed to the Tar Heels Sunday.

The 6-foot-8, 216-pound Norfolk, Va., native visited Chapel Hill this weekend, witnessing the best recruiting tool ever imagined, UNC's alumni basketball game and, you know, a few legends here or there.

McAdoo wasn't the biggest fish visiting this weekend.  Barnes, the No. 1 player in the class of 2010, sat next to Kendall Marshall and Reggie Bullock -- both high school seniors committed to UNC -- at the alumni game.

I thought for a moment Roy Williams managed to secure Barnes when I read Marshall's Twitter update: "Surprise Carolina!"

Barnes to UNC this early after his visit would've shocked the recruiting world, considering he is thought to be a Duke lean and has reiterated he plans to take all of his official visits before deciding on a school.

Still, McAdoo is no slouch of a recruit.  He and five-star shooting guard P.J. Hairston make up an already impressive list of juniors who will eventually suit up for the Heels.  Combined with seniors Marshall and Bullock, four five-star recruits will enroll at Carolina over the next two years ... and the class of 2011 is still wide open.

McAdoo might even be more important than Barnes since he is the only big man committed in Carolina's next two classes.  Williams will have plenty of perimeter players to compensate if Duke or Kansas land Barnes instead.

McAdoo is described as an aggressive rebounder and shot blocker by ESPN. He should thrive in UNC's transition offense as he is already skilled at running the floor.  He chose UNC over Georgetown, Florida, Wake Forest and UConn.

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