4 basketball notes:
1. James Michael McAdoo. Really, James Michael? You go pro after your junior season? You are projected as a mid- to late second-round pick, which in the NBA means you won't have a guaranteed contract. Your UNC team will be a national title threat next year. You would have gone higher in the NBA draft after both your freshman and sophomore years. This makes no sense from a monetary standpoint. On the other hand, it is McAdoo's life to live, and I think his early departure will allow the great incoming class of freshmen to develop more quickly.
2. Big Al's Paint store. Nice website concept by the Bobcats, who are trying to get Al Jefferson some all-NBA consideration. The first Bobcat to ever be named the Eastern Conference's player of the month certainly deserves some, but to get one of the three all-NBA slots he would have to replace Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah or Dwight Howard. That's an uphill battle, but the website will at least garner some attention, and it's fun. At the least, you should read the "customer reviews."
3. Tyler Lewis. UNC Charlotte seems like a great fit to me for Lewis, who is from Statesville and whose older brother Colby played for the 49ers and is now a graduate assistant there. Lewis, who is transferring from N.C. State, would have to sit out next season. But I would think he would start immediately after that. He is not a scorer, but he makes other players around him better (T.J. Warren will tell you that) and he never turns the ball over.
4. I really like the hire of Danny Manning at Wake Forest. What a built-in recruiting advantage Manning will have. It won't be long before the Deacons are ACC-relevant again.
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