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Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 10:10 am
 

Jordan Adams pops for UCLA

By Jeff Borzello

UCLA assistant coach Korey McCray was brought from the Atlanta Celtics AAU program to UCLA because of his ties to plenty of top prospects in the Georgia area.

His first test was Jordan Adams, a 6-foot-5 wing from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) who runs with the Celtics on the travel circuit.

On Monday evening, Adams announced his commitment live on CourtCred.com.

“I’m taking my talents to the West coast,” Adams said before putting on a UCLA hat.

Adams chose the Bruins over Memphis, Georgia, Miami (Fl.), Alabama and others.

“I didn’t think I would fit well there,” Adams said of Memphis.

Adams is a power guard whose strength and scoring ability makes him difficult to guard for opposing wings. He doesn’t shy away from contact around the basket and can also knock down perimeter shots.

Adams is UCLA’s first commitment in the class of 2012. The Bruins are also in good shape for Shabazz Muhammad, L.J. Rose, Kyle Anderson and potentially Shaq Goodwin, among others.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:58 am
 

New UCLA hire doesn't sway Jordan Adams

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By Jeff Bo
rzello

If UCLA fans expected immediate results from the hiring of Atlanta Celtics AAU coach Korey McCray as an assistant coach, they won’t get it from Jordan Adams.

Adams, who plays on the Celtics, has UCLA on his list but said the hiring of McCray wouldn’t change his perception of the Bruins.

“I think it’s great for him,” Adams said. “He knows a lot about coaching, he’s a great trainer. He will help their program out a lot.”

However, he would add: “All schools are equal.”

Adams, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Oak Hill Academy (Va.), is one of the top recruits from the South in the class of 2012. His strength and scoring ability makes him tough to guard for opposing wings. Adams doesn’t shy away from contact around the basket and can also knock down perimeter shots.

He will never be mistaken for someone who can jump out of the gym, but that doesn’t faze him.

“[I’m a] shooter, rebounder, scorer. An unathletic skilled guard,” Adams said. When questioned about his lack of athleticism, he quipped: “I am, but I’m not gonna dunk on no one.”

The Atlanta Celtics were one of the “preseason” favorites for the No. 1 spot in AAU basketball, but they have struggled against the elite teams. With the talent on the roster, though, a big-time summer could be in order.

The same could be said for Adams, who commented that he hasn’t really broken out yet.

“Being selfish, really,” Adams said when asked what he needs to work on. “I like to get teammates involved, but you never get noticed for those things – like LeBron the other day.”

Plenty of schools have already liked what they saw from Adams, who listed Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee and UCLA. He said there were other schools in the mix too, but he forgot them.

Although he doesn’t have any favorites, Adams does plan on visiting Memphis at the end of June. If everything goes well, he said there is a chance he might commit to the Tigers.

“There could be [a chance],” Adams said. “[I need to see] things I’ve never seen at other colleges. They’ve been attractive to me for awhile.”

Damien Wilson, Adams’ teammate on the AAU and high school scene, committed to Josh Pastner and Memphis last month. Not surprisingly, that could play a factor in where Adams ends up.

“Yes, that’s [going to play] a big role,” he said. “I want to play on a wing across from him.”

Adams has already taken visits to UCLA, Georgia and Miami, with the Bruins and Hurricanes standing out.

“The coaches are honest, cool and I like their programs,” he said.

While there is no timetable for a decision, Adams was succinct when asked what he was looking for in a school. “Good coaching, a winning season,” he said.

McCray’s presence at UCLA seems like it will keep the Bruins in the hunt for Adams, but Westwood – and many other schools – will have to wait and see.

Photo: Brian Ing/SL

 
 
 
 
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