McAdoo wowed the Carolina partisan crowd with his 26 points (19 in the second half) and 14 rebounds to earn MVP honors for the East.
"The game, it was the greatest experience overall," said McAdoo, who also earned the MVP award in last month’s McDonald’s All-American Game. "For me and P.J. [Hairston] to play in front of all the Tar Heel fans, just to get the win and to walk away with the MVP, God blessed me with that, so I’m thankful for that."
The Norfolk, Va. native was efficient offensively, shooting 10-of-16 from the field. McAdoo also displayed a deft touch from the perimeter, going 2-of-2 behind the three-point arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.
The standard all-star game disclaimers apply but 26 points and 19 rebounds is a man's game. Plus, he was 10-16 from the floor, 2-of-2 from three, and nailed two free throws with a 2-point lead and 1.6 seconds to play. He also helped old ladies across the street in front of Time Warner Cable Arena.
And to think McAdoo will come off the bench for UNC in 2012. Of course if Harrison Barnes does jump to the NBA, there may be even more minutes for McAdoo. And if Barnes stays, McAdoo will be joining possibly the best front line in the country with Barnes, John Henson, and Tyler Zeller. The strength of the Tar Heels' front line looks secure for 2011-12.
This makes two MVP honors in two big-time all-star games for McAdoo, in case you're keeping track.
Carolina signee P.J. Hairston struggled from the field, with only seven points on 3-8 shooting, while fellow UNC signee Jackson Simmons had a nice stat line with six points and eight rebounds to go with two assists and three blocks.
With seven of the top 8 players from an Elite Eight team returning and players like these coming in, confidence should be high in having a very successful season on the horizon.