North Carolina will always be an NBA factory.
Its basketball team isn’t flooded with as many first-round picks as last year’s squad, but there’ll still be plenty of pro scouts at Tar Heel games in 2013.
Here are the prospects those scouts will have their eyes on.
3. Joel James
ESPN rated James as the No. 1 player in the state of Florida and the 60th-best prospect in the 2012 recruiting class.
He isn’t a huge part of UNC’s game plan right now, but he’s only a freshman. Next year, expect the 6’10”, 260-pound forward to blow up as his playing time increases.
This season, he’s averaging 3.9 points and 4.3 boards in just 15.7 minutes of action. In 2014, though, it wouldn’t be shocking if James was a first-round draft pick.
2. Reggie Bullock
Not many college basketball players who stay in school for four years are NBA-caliber talents, but Bullock bucks the trend. He’d be a second-round prospect if he entered the draft after this season, but Bullock will likely stick around for his senior year and improve his stock even further.
The 6’7” wing is currently averaging 12.2 points, 5.0 boards and 3.3 assists per game. He’s also shooting an incredible 46.9 percent from downtown.
With Bullock’s size, athleticism and shooting ability, he’ll find a home in the league.
1. James Michael McAdoo
Chad Ford of ESPN currently ranks McAdoo as the No. 13 prospect in next year’s NBA draft class. But depending on how far he carries the Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament, McAdoo could realistically sneak into the top 10.
The 6’9”, 223-pound forward is still only 19 years old, but he’s averaging 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds for North Carolina this season. McAdoo has lived up to his billing as the sixth-best player in the 2011 recruiting class and it’d be a shocker if he sticks around for his junior year.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.