North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft, it was announced Thursday.

"I just feel I am ready to play at the next level and excited about that challenge," McAdoo said in a statement released by the school. "I had chances to go after my freshman and sophomore years but was more excited about coming back to school then. Right now I am excited about fulfilling my dream to play in the NBA and do what I have to do to take that next step."

He thanked coach Roy Williams and said that he plans to return to UNC to earn his degree "without a doubt."

"I am extremely happy for James Michael, but at the same time I am sad for me because I won't get a chance to coach that youngster again," Williams said. "He's a wonderful kid who has been a very dependable player and one of the top players in the ACC the past two seasons."