Jan 29, 2013; Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) during the first half against the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Former UNC Tar Heel, James Michael McAdoo, Visits Washington Wizards

This year’s NBA Draft is considered to be one of the deeper drafts in quite some time, and although the Washington Wizards won’t be selecting in the first round, they will have a chance to find a steal with the 46th overall pick.

James Michael McAdoo, a former University of North Carolina standout, was expected to get picked in the lottery prior to his freshman season, but his draft stock quickly plummeted as he struggled to adjust to the collegiate level. Averaging over 14 points, nearly 7 rebounds and 2 assists per game during his junior season at North Carolina, James Michael McAdoo is currently projected to get picked in the second round and could potentially be available when it’s Washington’s turn to pick.

It’s pretty rare to see a player of James Michael McAdoo’s potential fall so far down in the NBA Draft projections after being expected to get picked by a lottery team just a few years ago. Although he hasn’t lived up to his potential and there are still plenty of questions surrounding him, James Michael McAdoo could end up being a steal in the second round.

James Michael McAdoo visited the Washington Wizards today in a pre-draft workout, and now that we’re just days away from the NBA Draft, the team will likely narrow down their choices sooner rather than later.

After the workout, McAdoo chatted with a few members of the media and talked a bit about his unusual situation and potential fit with the Wizards.

McAdoo on slipping in the draft: It’s something that I realize, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be their loss. I’m going to come in here and just work my butt off.

I feel like at Carolina, I did a lot of things pretty well, but coming to the next level, I realize that I’m going to have to do a couple of things really, really well. Whether that’s being able to catch and make an open jump shot, attack the rim strong and finish and then on the defensive end be able to guard.

McAdoo on the Wizards: Definitely being a guy that can come in, a great role player and you know really find my niche in the offense. I love to run and the Wizards–John Wall and Bradley Beal are a crazy good backcourt, so definitely just be able to come and play with such great talent, a team that’s already proven themselves in the playoffs and hopefully just help them take that next step in the right direction.

For what it’s worth, NBADraft.net currently has the Washington Wizards selecting James Michael McAdoo in the second round, so it might be safe to say that he could potentially land in the nation’s capital in about a week.

McAdoo is described as a combo forward who has the athleticism to contribute on the next level, but lacks a consistent jump shot with questionable work ethic. The Wizards won’t need their second round selection to contribute next season, but they could address a need or take the best player available with the 46th overall pick. In this case, James Michael McAdoo could be the best case scenario, since he would give the Wizards another front court player and could be the best player left on the board.

We’re about a week away from the NBA Draft and the Wizards will continue to look at prospects before draft day. If James Michael McAdoo is available, he could be the pick.

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