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Miami Heat | #13 | Center-Forward











6'9" | 255lb | 25 years

Player Bio

Edrice Femi Adebayo was born in 1997 in Newark, New Jersey. He goes by the nickname "Bam", which was given to him as a baby after he flipped over a table while watching The Flintstones. Adebayo is the son of Marilyn Blount and John Adebayo. At the high school level, Adebayo spent his first three years at Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina. As a junior, he averaged 32.2 points and 18 rebounds per game. Adebayo transferred to High Point Christian Academy (North Carolina) for his senior season and averaged 18.9 points and 13.0 rebounds. Adebayo led the Cougars to a NCISAA state championship appearance and was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016. The Kentucky commit was selected to play in both the McDonald's All-America Game and the Jordan Brand Classic in 2016. Adebayo played one season at Kentucky alongside fellow first-round picks De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. He started all 38 games for the Wildcats and averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 30.1 minutes. Adebayo was named to the All-SEC Second Team and the SEC All-Freshman team. He led the team in rebounds, blocks, double-doubles and dunks. His 101 dunks ranked second in the country. Adebayo's foundation -- the Edrice Adebayo Foundation -- aims to help single parents while positively influencing the choices and challenges of children. Follow Adebayo on Twitter and Instagram (@bam1of1). After a successful high school career in North Carolina, Adebayo joined the parade of top recruits to Kentucky. He was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball and played in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games. With De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk in the backcourt, Adebayo was not a featured offensive player for the Wildcats, but he provided 13.0 points to go along with 8.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The center had three double-doubles in his first eight games and had eight dub-dubs on the season. The 6-10 postman had a season-high 22 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks in a win over Missouri. He helped Kentucky win the SEC Tournament with averages of 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Adebayo snatched a season-high 18 rebounds to go with 15 points against Northern Kentucky. The Wildcats advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to North Carolina. After the season, Adebayo declared for the 2017 NBA Draft despite having three years of eligibility remaining. He was chosen by the Miami Heat with the 14th overall pick.