- Legitimate NBA size
- Good run/jump athlete
- High motor
- Hard worker
- Doesn't have a polished offensive game
- Poor free-throw shooter
Most serious observers of the draft, whether from NBA teams or in the media, thought Adams could have benefitted from another year in college so he could work on his low-post scoring skills. But Adams, a native of New Zealand, comes from a large family, and he felt an obligation to turn pro so he could help financially. He should be able to do that because he'll be a first-round draft pick. It'll take a couple of years before he's ready to contribute on a regular basis, but he's got the size, athletic ability and work ethic that spell potential.
Adams was Pitt's first Big East All-Rookie team selection since DeJuan Blair in 2007-08 after starting 32 of 32 games and leading the Panthers in rebounding and blocked shots. Adams didn't show anything close to a polished low-post offensive game, but he did display a high motor and some prolific rebounding and shot-blocking ability. He grabbed 15 rebounds against Seton Hall and 14 each against DePaul and Duquesne. He blocked five shots against USF and posted four-block games against four other opponents, including Big East opponents Cincinnati and Marquette.
7.2 ppg | 3.8 rpg | 6.3 apg | 2.0 bpg | 23.4 mpg | .571 FG | .443 FT
Adams' best all-around game of the season came against DePaul, when he scored nine points, grabbed 14 rebounds, including five on the offensive glass, and blocked three shots.
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What Insiders Say
Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon
"The draft is—especially on big guys—it's based on where they are going to be down the road and their development. I know people may somehow question [Adams' decision to leave school early], but at the end of the day, he has got the size, the athletic ability."
What Outsiders Say
Marshall coach and former Pitt assistant Tom Herrion
"It was one of the biggest no-brainers,'' Herrion told ESPN.com about the trip he made to New Zealand, where he first heard about Adams. "He reminded me immediately of those older guys at Kansas, players like Raef LaFrentz. He was physical. He had big shoulders. He had a big frame."