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Morning Links: McAdoo Not Coming to UNC After All, But Harrison Barnes Will Do

Hello again everyone, hope you’ll all excuse the lack of posts - it is the offseason, after all. Here’s catching you up on what you may have missed recently in the Rivalry:

  • It appears that James McAdoo won’t be coming to UNC a year early after all, saying that a mission trip to Nicaragua with his friends convinced him he wanted another year to enjoy high school. While he could have helped Carolina immediately, good to see that the Heels are getting another character kid who spends part of his offseason helping those less fortunate. Duke and Carolina fans are lucky to get to root for guys like this year after year.
  • Harrison BarnesIn the meantime, though, there is a lot of hype piling up surrounding UNC and Duke’s top freshman, as Sports Illustrated’s Luke Winn raves about Harrison Barnes and Jay Williams says he’d take Kyrie Irving over John Wall when picking PGs.
  • But before I go praising the Devils too much: in the spirit of the World Cup currently going on, twitter asks “who flops more? Soccer players, Paul Pierce, or Duke?” (Looks like Duke gets a vote from ex-PG Jay Williams – you know he’s going to get a hard time about that one.)
  • Over at Tar Heel Fan, Doc has a nice roundup of UNC tidbits on the interwebs, including Bruce Carter getting lots of love for his freakish athleticism (a 4.38 40 time and a 40-inch vertical?? ACC running backs are soiling themselves as we speak).
  • Lauren Brownlow has a nice breakdown of Roy’s Summer press conference over at Tar Heel Blue – he didn’t really want to talk about the Wears (surprise!) and when asked about last season’s struggles, he said injuries were the primary issue, and chemistry may have also been a contributor (um… no comment). Said the team may be structured like 2006 playing relatively small and the possibility of the offense revolving around a heralded freshman. Personally, I’m all too eager to see the Heels get back to running and, you know… scoring.
  • UNC commit PJ Hairston raised a few eyebrows at the NBPA Top 100 camp a few days ago by sinking a 75-foot shot… backwards.

Keep enjoying your summer, everyone – college football and basketball will be here before you know it.