The learning curve on big men has a bigger slide than guards so when a guy like Martavius Adams, a 6-foot-9 junior from Baldwin (Ga.) High School, turns the corner in his overall skill set the high-majors take notice.
Adams, a three-star recruit from the middle of the Peach State, may not have the rep as J.J. Hickson, Gani Lawal or Jeremy Price but Adams is certainly a guy to keep an eye out for in the Peach State.
"Everyday he's just blossoming," Baldwin coach Lenwood May said.
Adams says it's more like wilting.
"I lost a lot of weight, going from 285 to 235. I just started eating right and working out," Adams said.
His new body has helped Adams be more nimble around the bucket. That mobility came up big in a 70-67 victory over Wilkinson County on Saturday night. Adams finished with 15 points, including a put back score that helped his Warriors claim the win in the intense rivalry in which Wilkinson County won 13 of the last 15 meetings.
Sitting on the baseline for the game was Georgia head coach Dennis Felton and assistant Desmond Oliver, less than six hours after their game against Florida. The Bulldogs were also on hand to see Wilkinson County's Senario Hillman, who finished with 23 points.
"I've been telling (Georgia) every day that they should take him," May said. "I know they got Jeremy first in the spring and they might regret it. Martavius is going to be the man."
"That's where he wants to go but they haven't had a chance to really get to see him play. I think that is why they came, to make that decision."
Georgia isn't the only school in the mix, says Adams. Florida State, Clemson and Miami are in the picture.
"I'll look at style of play and playing time, things like that," Adams said. "But I'm not going to limit it to just that."
May said Adams is taking the SAT in February and a qualifying score could translate into an early decision with the right offer.