James Michael McAdoo is the fourth Tar Heel from Boo Williams program to turn pro early.

James Michael McAdoo is the fourth Tar Heel from Boo Williams program to turn pro early. (April 7, 2014)

James Michael McAdoo’s decision last week to forgo his senior basketball season at North Carolina makes him the fourth Tar Heel from Boo Williams’ summer program to declare early for the NBA draft. Which led to an exercise that again illuminates the stunning array of talent that Williams has nurtured during the last three-plus decades.

What if we conjured an imaginary pick-up game, shirts versus skins at the BooPlex on Armistead Avenue, between a squad of Williams (Boo, not UNC’s Roy) alums who left college early for the pros and those who played four years?

This is not, in any way, shape or form, a commentary on the wisdom of such decisions. Each player and his inner circle must weigh personal, athletic and financial considerations unique to them.

Rather, it’s simply a cool concept for a rainy Monday that just happens to coincide with college basketball’s national championship game.

By my count, McAdoo, a forward from Norfolk Christian, is the seventh true Boo alum to declare early. True meaning that he wasn’t a hired gun from out of state recruited solely to compete in Nike tournaments. True meaning that he hails from Virginia and spent many a spring and summer day in Hampton Roads practicing and competing with Boo’s elite team.

Here is the starting five and two reserves for the left-college-early squad:

Allen Iverson (Bethel High, Georgetown) and Kendall Marshall (Arlington’s Bishop O’Connell, North Carolina) at guard. J.R. Reid (Kempsville High, North Carolina), Joe Smith (Maury High, Maryland) and Ed Davis (Richmond’s Benedictine High, North Carolina) at forward.

Iverson and Smith were No. 1 overall picks, Reid No. 5, and Marshall and Davis No. 13s. Stout five, suffice to say.

Off the bench you’d have McAdoo and guard John Gilchrist (Salem High, Maryland). With unpolished offensive skills, especially on the perimeter, McAdoo is unlikely to be drafted in the first round. The MVP of the 2004 ACC tournament, Gilchrist went undrafted the following year after a trying junior season in which he clashed with Maryland coach Gary Williams. He has played professionally overseas, but never in the NBA.

Still, at his best, the 6-foot-3 Gilchrist was a strong, versatile point guard capable of scoring and distributing. Pairing him in his prime with the equally headstrong Iverson would have invited fireworks, but what’s a good pick-up game without some in-house drama?

Now the stayed-in-college bunch:

J.J. Redick (Roanoke’s Cave Spring High, Duke) and Tony Rutland (Bethel High, Wake Forest) at guard. Alonzo Mourning (Indian River High, Georgetown), Bryant Stith (Brunswick County High, Virginia) and Mike Scott (Deep Creek High and Hargrave Military Academy, Virginia).

No overall No. 1 picks in this group, but Mourning, Redick and Stith were first-rounders, Scott a second. Redick and Scott remain active in the NBA, Stith played 10 seasons, and Mourning was announced Monday as part of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2014 class — retired late last year, Iverson will be eligible for his inevitable election in the spring of 2019.

A Bethel teammate of Iverson’s, Rutland was undrafted out of Wake Forest and never played in the NBA. But he averaged 10.4 points over four years in college and was part of two ACC championship teams with Tim Duncan.

The two reserves for this bunch are forward Jason Capel (Indian River High and St. John’s Prospect Hall, North Carolina) and guard Ronald Curry (Hampton High, North Carolina). Best of friends while playing for Boo, neither made the NBA, but both were national-caliber prospects. Indeed, Curry was MVP of the 1998 McDonald’s All-American game, where he also won the dunk contest, and became an NFL receiver.

A year earlier, on a spring Wednesday afternoon in Hampton High’s gym, I watched Curry and Iverson go head-to-head in a pick-up game, Curry the high school junior, Iverson the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year.

Curry had his moments, but as you’d expect, Iverson, not long removed from crossing over Michael Jordan, schooled the youngster. The game’s other players — Curry’s fellow Crabbers and some of Iverson’s ubiquitous crew — were mere bystanders.

Boo Williams leaned back in a chair and watched intently but quietly. There were maybe 25 folks in the gym.

He’d have a lot more company for our fantasy all-star game.

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