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James McAdoo Wins Gold; Heels Offer Cody Zeller

Two notes from the class of 2011.

First up, James McAdoo had 20 points, 7 rebs, 3 steals and two blocks as the U.S. U17 team defeated Poland to win gold at the FIBA World Championships. The effort in title game capped of a string of six double figure scoring games for McAdoo out of the last seven. Among the highlights for the rising high school senior during the tournament:

  • 26 points on 13-14 shooting versus China
  • Two double-doubles: 15 pts and 1o rebs vs Serbia; 10 pts and 12 rebs vs Canada
  • vs Serbia McAdoo collected four steals and four blocks.
  • McAdoo's stats: 12.p ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.9 bpg.
  • James McAdoo was named to the All-Tournament team.

Overall a solid performance.

In the world of players not yet committed to UNC, Roy Williams extended an offer to another 2011 player in the person of 6-10 PF Cody Zeller( #14 overall, five stars; Rivals: #35 overall, four stars) Zeller is the younger brother of Tyler Zeller. The move to offer Zeller was likely predicated on the fact there are reports afoot that 2011 forward Marshall Plumlee(brother of Duke players Mason and Miles) will be joining his siblings in Durham. There is also the possibility that Zeller is the better prospect. While has Zeller lower the vs 14) there is a marked difference between Zeller and Plumlee. Scout has Plumlee #40 overall with Rivals ranking him #99. Granted these are to be taken with a grain of salt but I was shocked by the difference between the two. At one point it was said Marshall was potentially the best of the Plumlee brothers. At this point that seems in doubt.

On a side note, the recent history of younger siblings of Duke players has not worked out so well for UNC. I will just toss out Jason Capel and Mike Paulus and leave it at that.