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James Michael McAdoo has declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, leaving North Carolina after his junior season.
McAdoo averaged 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, including 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds in two seasons as a starter.
He earned second-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore and junior.
This season, McAdoo averaged 14.2 points and 6.8 boards in leading UNC to a 24-10 record, a tie for third place in the ACC regular-season standings and the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
"I am thankful to God for the opportunities I have had at Carolina,' says McAdoo. "I am thankful for everything I have been blessed to experience from my relationships with Coach Williams and his staff, to my current and former teammates and to the fact that I am so close to earning my degree from such a great institution. Without a doubt I plan to come back and finish my degree. That is important to me."
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis has devised a four-team barnstorming event that will include three games over an eight-day period.
Michigan State, North Carolina, Florida and Texas have agreed to play three games, one each in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles while traveling together on a single chartered airplane in December of 2018.
Hollis said each of the four teams will get a home game against an opponent to be determined later to make this a four-game event and qualify as a multi-team event.
"So many of these kids know each other from AAU and everything else that we felt this would be a great way to travel," Hollis said. "I worked with (ADs) Steve Patterson at Texas, Jeremy Foley at Florida and Bubba Cunnningham at North Carolina on this. They and the head coaches are all excited about the opportunity for the student-athletes."
North Carolina will not seek reinstatement for P.J. Hariston.
Roy Williams described the decision as "probably the most difficult and saddest thing I've gone through as a head coach."
Hairston and his family released a statement through an attorney Friday afternoon that said UNC's decision did not sit well with them.
"We are displeased with the University of North Carolina's decision not to submit the necessary paperwork to the NCAA requesting to have P.J. reinstated," the statement said. "This process has been long, and for (it) to end without having a final decision from the governing body is a shame. Ultimately this affects P.J., and his eligibility to play Division 1 colligate (sic) basketball for the remainder of this season, as well as next season."
Hairston had been practicing with UNC and has been on the bench for every home game. Williams previously noted he had been "the most dominating player on the perimeter in practice that I've ever coached."
Dante Exum will graduate from high school in Australia in October and is one of the top prospects eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft.
"Schools have been saying I can start in early December and play this season," Exum told ESPN. "But if college is the option, I'll stay in Australia, do workouts with the national team and then go to college next August. Playing this season in college is not an option."
Exum is considering Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon.
Dante Exum is strongly considering declaring his entry in the 2014 NBA draft.
"I used to be like 90 percent to 10 that I was going to college, but recently they are saying that my stock has risen even more, that I could possibly go top five," said Exum, a native of Australia. “Now it's more of a 50-50 decision."
Exum, a 6-foot-6 point guard who’s being recruited by Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky and North Carolina, among others, admits to being lured by the financial security of the NBA.
"If I'm ready, I'm ready - and the money also appeals,” said Exum. “I always dreamt about being rich as a kid. But my family will always help me make the right decisions throughout the whole process.”