One of the best success stories from the summer is off to the ACC. Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek guard Garrius Adams made his decision on Monday.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pound shooting guard verbally committed to Miami after an intense recruitment that involved a number of schools in the ACC and SEC.
Adams said he also considered N.C. State, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and East Carolina. After a very impressive showing on the AAU circuit with the Garner Roads program, Adams became one of the most sought after two guards in the Southeast.
"I've been thinking about it for a long time now and I came to the realization that I didn't want to wait any longer if I really knew where I wanted to go," Adams said. "Miami is the best for me. I felt like I couldn't have picked a better situation for myself. Coach [Frank] Haith did a great job recruiting me."
Adams said he made a strong connection with Haith, a North Carolina native, and bonded with the coaching staff. That helped make his decision a little easier, he said.
"I think with coach Haith being from North Carolina, that's going to help a lot. He knows what us North Carolina guys go through. It was a tough decision for me to leave. You grow up watching the ACC teams from around here. But he was great through the whole process," Adams said.
"I think we are going to do some good things in Miami. He already has some North Carolina guys down there already. They are going to be able to take care of me. We are going to do good things both in school and as a team."
With good size and a knack for scoring from the perimeter, Adams should help the Hurricanes early and throughout his career.
"Coach Haith told me to be ready to play when I get there. I'm not going there expecting to be a starter. I know I'm going to have to work for everything that comes my way," Adams said. "When coach calls my number, I'm going to be ready."
Miami called his number during the recruiting process. Adams answered.