FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / Dec. 11, 2009 For further information contact Craig Miller, Caroline Williams or Jenny Maag at USA Basketball (719) 590 4800. *This release is also available on USA Basketball's World Wide Web homepage USA Basketball Names James McAdoo 2009 Male Athlete Of The Year
-McAdoo Becomes Youngest Recipient In 30-Year History Of The Award-
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 11, 2009) - After helping the USA capture the gold medal in the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship and participating in two USA Developmental National Team training camps in 2009, Norfolk Christian High School (Va.) forward James McAdoo today was announced as the 2009 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. At 16 years old, McAdoo is the youngest recipient in the 30-year history of the award.
"At first it was an overwhelming experience," McAdoo said. "It really didn't hit home until I received the letter from USA Basketball that had the names of some of the past recipients, like Michael Jordan and the Dream Team. Just to see my name mentioned in the same sentence as them shows me the potential I have and what could come in the future. It was just an overwhelming feeling of happiness and joy.
"It is a very humbling experience to travel and see different cultures, to get away from home and do what I love to do most, which is play ball and kick it with some of my best friends," McAdoo continued. "The people you play with can definitely make you better, and playing in Argentina, I think that was probably the best ball I have ever played in my whole life. Getting to practice with pretty much the best 16-year-olds in the world with great coaches really helped us all hone our skills. The competition was top of the line every day."
McAdoo averaged team second-bests of 16.8 ppg. and 8.6 rpg. and a team-leading 2.0 bpg. to help the USA to a perfect, 5-0 record in the inaugural FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mendoza, Argentina. Perhaps most importantly, the finish qualified the USA for next summer's 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
"James was one of our team captains and a leader for us on and off the court as the U16 team dominated the competition in Argentina," said Don Showalter, 2009-10 USA Men's Developmental National Team head coach and the 2009 USA Basketball Developmental Coach of the Year. "James was a quiet leader who drew the respect of teammates and opposing players with his energy and hard work. He is one of those elite players that has the ability to make everyone around him a better player."
McAdoo will be submitted for the U.S. Olympic Committee's 2010 SportsMan of the Year Award, which is expected to be announced in January. The selection was made by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.
"James displayed not only tremendous skill during the USA's training and at the U16 Championship in Argentina, but also tremendous character," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "Without a doubt he was crucial to our success in the inaugural zone qualifier, and we look forward to his participation on future USA Basketball teams."
On May 28, 2009, McAddo was announced as a member of the inaugural 2009-10 USA Basketball Developmental National Team (DNT). Under the guidance of Showalter and USA assistant coaches Herman Harried (Lake Clifton High School, Md.) and Kevin Sutton (Montverde Academy, Fla.), 19 members of the DNT trained twice a day June 6-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, working on fundamentals, offenses, defenses and teamwork in order to prepare a 12-man team for the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The 12-member 2009 USA Men's U16 National Team was announced on June 9, and the team departed for Argentina on June 13.
In the USA's opening game on June 17, McAdoo tallied 15 points and tied for a team-high with eight rebounds to help the USA capture a 110-82 win over Brazil. He matched those totals in the USA's 126-73 win over Venezuela on the following day; and he scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds to help the USA wrap up preliminary play on June 19 with a 126-73 blowout of Puerto Rico.
McAdoo recorded a double-double and tied for a team-high 19 points, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line, to go with his 11 rebounds as the USA topped Canada 126-78 in the semifinals, and in the gold medal game on June 21, McAdoo grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds and scored 20 points to help the USA down host Argentina 101-87.
Among the eight-team field, McAdoo, who played fewer than 25 minutes per game, ranked tied for third in field goal percentage (.600) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg.), fifth in rebounding (8.6 rpg.), tied for fifth in defensive rebounds (5.4 rpg.), ninth in scoring (16.8 ppg.), tied for ninth in steals (1.8 spg.) and 10th in offensive rebounds (3.2 rpg.).
McAdoo returned to Colorado Springs for the Oct. 10-11 DNT fall mini-camp, which included four practice sessions that were utilized to help prepare for the USA for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship, which will be played July 2-11 in Hamburg, Germany. The 12-member 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team will be comprised of 2009-10 DNT members.
McAdoo has played three varsity seasons at Norfolk Christian High School in Virginia. In 2008-09, he started in all 30 games played and averaged 25.0 ppg. and 11.0 rpg. to help Norfolk to a 23-7 record and a No. 4 final ranking in the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) Division 2. McAdoo was named to the 2009 VISAA Division 2 State Tournament and All-State teams. He also was recognized as the a member of the 2009 All-Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools (TCIS) first team, as voted on by conference coaches, and he earned 2009 TCIS Tournament MVP honors. Additionally, he listed as the only sophomore on the 2009 Virginian-Pilot All-Tidewater first team, which encompasses all public and private school players in the South Hampton Roads area.
In its 30th year, the USA Basketball Athlete of the Year award has been garnered by notable athletes such as the USA Senior National Team (2008); Jason Kidd (2007); Carmelo Anthony (2006); Shelden Williams (2005); Sean May (2004 co-recipient); Chris Paul (2004 co-recipient); Tim Duncan (2003); Reggie Miller (2002); Chris Duhon (2001); Alonzo Mourning (2000 and 1990); Gary Payton (1999); Elton Brand (1998); Earl Boykins (1997); Scottie Pippen (1996 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team); Ray Allen (1995); Shaquille O=Neal (1994); Michael Finley (1993); Christian Laettner (1991); Larry Johnson (1989); Dan Marjerle (1988); David Robinson (1986 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team); Chuck Person (1985); Michael Jordan (1984 co-recipient, 1983 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team), Sam Perkins (1984 co-recipient); Glenn Rivers (1982); Kevin Boyle (1981); and Isiah Thomas (1980).
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