College basketball fans know the name James McAdoo for a variety of reasons. He's the No. 5-ranked player in the class of 2011, according to ESPN Recruiting. He'll suit up for the 2011-12 national title favorite North Carolina Tar Heels this fall. He was the best recruit in recent years to consider the unusual path of finishing high school early and arriving a year ahead of schedule, though he eventually decided to forgo that route and wait until 2011.
Thanks to that decision, he'll be yet another piece on a frighteningly loaded North Carolina team, one that returned its entire starting frontcourt of Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes. To many, McAdoo is the most polished, college-ready player in the incoming class. And in 2011, he probably won't even start.
In other words, McAdoo will continue to be a name to watch in the coming year(s), which means we should probably take a moment to get his actual name right in the first place. According to a brief release from North Carolina associate athletic director for communications Steve Kirschner, "James McAdoo" actually isn't McAdoo's full name. His first name is James Michael, his middle name is Ray, and his family requested he be referred to as James Michael McAdoo.
McAdoo has been known in recruiting circles as merely James; that's how he's listed on his ESPNU recruit page, and that's how most media stories about him have referred to him in recent years. Somewhere along the line, apparently, "Michael" got lost. But now's as good a time as any to make sure we all get it right.