Everyone may breathe now.
University of North Carolina freshman forward James Michael McAdoowill return to school to play for the Tar Heels next season.
"I've had several discussions about my future plans with my family and Coach Williams and have decided to return to UNC to continue playing for the Tar Heels and continue my education," says McAdoo. "I love being at Carolina and really enjoy competing with and being around my teammates and am excited about what we can do together next season.
"Every young basketball player wants to have as much information about his future and understand what others in the game think about him. It's been interesting to learn the information that Coach Williams has gathered, but I am ready to continue as a Tar Heel. I'm enjoying my time in Chapel Hill and am excited about the future for my team and me."
James Michael McAdoo returning is the difference between UNC being in the top ten or not. He really came on at the end of this season and will likely be a preseason All-ACC pick heading into the 2013 season. There are a lot of rumblings that McAdoo could have a season like Thomas Robinson had this season for Kansas where he went from little used reserve in one season to All-American during the next.
Having resolved McAdoo's status for next season, the only two question marks UNC has will be at point guard and center. In my mind the point guard question can be answered fairly easily. Dexter Strickland can handle those duties and if Marcus Paige can immediately step in and be effective, then UNC will be in great shape. The center position is a little unclear. UConn's Alex Oriakhi has begun the process of selecting a school to transfer to and will be visiting UNC. If not him then UNC will be leaning on either freshman Joel James, Brice Johnson or possible sophomore Desmond Hubert.