Andre Adams has had a rough journey to this point. Coming out of Avondale Westview High in 2014, Adams needed to get his academics in order before starting his college career.
Then last year, while playing for IMG Academy prep school in Bradenton, Fla., Adams tore the ACL in his left knee, which ended his season.
Hoping for a fresh start, the 6-foot-9, 216-pound forward on Tuesday committed to Arizona State, joining a program that first-year coach Bobby Hurley and his staff are still molding. Provided he gets cleared medically, Adams is eligible to play this season. According to reports, Texas, Missouri, Kansas State and San Diego State also had interest.
“It’s home, my family is here and I’ve always been interested in the school,” Adams said. “It was real cool to go down to the school again and see Bobby Hurley and his staff. It’s right in my back yard.”
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At IMG, Adams had health issues. An ankle injury initially kept him off the court. Then in the season’s third game, Adams injured his knee while attempting to dunk. At the time, 247 Sports ranked Adams — who has a composite three-star ranking — as the nation’s No. 44 power forward.
“Injuries suck, but it actually helped me get my schooling done,” Adams said.
The forward — who had been recruited by ASU’s previous staff — visited ASU this week and liked what he saw, particularly from Hurley.
“I like the way he handles himself,” Adams said. “He understands the players, the way they work. He’s been in the NBA. Plus, he tore his ACL, too, so he knows kind of what I’m going through. He’s just a real good all-around coach.”
Adams, 19, is eight months into his knee recovery. He’s not sure when he’ll be cleared for basketball activity, but he hopes to play this season. To stay sharp, he has worked on his dribbling and jump shot. Once healthy, he said he’ll feel comfortable in the post and on the perimeter.
“I feel like I can bring a defensive spirit to the team and really help the team strive in that area,” Adams said. “I believe defense (triggers) offense, so once you get stops, the offense will come.”
Once he signs, Adams will become ASU’s 12th scholarship player.
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