April 22, 2011

Tide enters the mix for Adams

Earlier this month, Oak Hill (Va.) Academy 2012 shooting guard Jordan Adams narrowed his list down to six schools, and had plans to make his decision on June 1. However, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound wing player opted to push back his announcement, and that has allowed the University of Alabama to enter the picture in Adams' recruitment.

John Adams, Jordan's father and AAU coach, listed Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia, Memphis and UCLA as the schools who are recruiting his son the hardest right now.

He also mentioned Georgia Tech and Miami, but circumstances have changed with coaching changes at those schools.

Two weeks ago, Alabama was not considered one of Adams' finalists, but with the UA coaching staff's recruiting efforts picking up recently, Adams now has the Crimson Tide squarely in the mix.

"He likes their defense and how hard they play on defense and their aggressive style," John Adams said. "Also, Jordan fits in with what their need is. Last year, they weren't a tremendous outside-shooting team, and that's what Jordan does well."

The transformation last year's Alabama team went through made an impression on Adams and his father. They like the direction that UA head coach Anthony Grant has the program going in.

"If you look at the positive direction they're going, that helps when you see that," John Adams said. "Last year, they actually got snubbed. They should've made the NCAA Tournament."

According to his father, Adams doesn't want to go too far from home, but more than anything, his son is looking for a place that needs him and a place where he can make an early contribution.

"Location is one factor, but also their need for him," John Adams said. "Is there a need for what he does or how many upperclassmen are in that same position? Obviously, every kid wants to play. He's not necessarily saying he has to start. He knows he has to earn whatever playing time that you get."

The AAU basketball circuit has started up, and the Oak Hill star is playing with the Atlanta Celtics, a team that includes two other Alabama targets, Shaquille Goodwin and Damian Wilson.

The thing that has helped Adams stand out from the other top players on his team is his ability to score in a variety of ways.

"Jordan is a scorer," John Adams said. "He's extremely versatile as a scorer, and he's really a physical scorer as well. He loves to rebound from the guard and forward spot. He's a good offensive rebounder."

Adams no longer has plans to make a decision in the next couple months. His father indicated that Adams will take his official visits first and then maybe make a decision in the fall.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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