You can't blame Garrius Adams for hitting the snooze button the last couple of days. The 6-foot-5 guard from Middle Creek High School in Apex, N.C. played in roughly 25 games since the start of the month and when he's not playing, he's fielding calls from college coaches.
The three-star guard deserved a little down time now that the recruiting dead period is here. Adams has proved himself to be one popular prospect in the class of 2009.
Armed with offers at the start of the month from East Carolina and High Point, Adams watched his recruitment blow up faster than a balloon at a county fair.
Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Fairfield, Tulane, South Carolina and Miami have stepped up and offered Adams, he said. NC State, South Florida and Central Florida are also in the mix now, too, Adams added.
The ascension began at the beginning of the month when Adams shined at the Big Shots Myrtle Beach event and the success carried over to the Peach State Summer Showcase. By the time Adams and his Garner Roads team finished the first evaluation period, the North Carolina native is one of the most sought after players in the Southeast.
"For me it's been a great experience. I've never really had a lot of head coaches coming to my games before. It feels great. It pumps up my teammates and motivates us all," Adams said. "It makes me feel like I've earned it. I've worked and trained really hard for it. I've been in the gym everyday and lifting weights everyday. I think it's more of a deserving thing. I think it's something that I've worked really hard for.
"I think most coaches like that I'm a combo guard that can pass, shoot and dribble. I think I can give a team a lot of options because I can play three positions on the court. I can shoot. I can dribble. I can pass. I feel like I can really help a team in a lot of ways."
Adams will return to the court next week at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando. The Garner Roads Bulldogs will stay for the AAU Nationals the week after. He said he hopes to see the same amount of coaches in the city that Mickey built at the end of the month.
"I have no favorites right now. I'm just taking all the calls. I've talked to all of the head coaches that have offered me," Adams said. "I'm listening to what everyone has to say and staying open with it. I love what they all have to say right now."
Adams will play the rest of the summer out and look at all of his options. He said he would like to have a top five list before school begins on August 25.