INDIANAPOLIS — One of the biggest stock risers in the spring was combo guard Jalen Adams. The Class of 2015 native of Roxbury, Massachusetts has been scoring the ball at a high clip all spring on the adidas Gauntlet as he looks healthy and determined with the Mass Rivals.
“No injuries, I’m playing a lot. We’re winning a lot, so that’s been good,” Adams said to NBCSports.com
Mass Rivals had a great spring on the adidas Gauntlet, going 11-5 as the 6-foot-1 Adams averaged 22.2 points per game in nine games on 47 percent shooting from the field. With so many elite guards in 2015 committing to schools early in the process, recruiting interest has also picked up for the combo guard and he’s seen a lot of activity in recent weeks.
“It’s definitely picked up quite a bit, Adams said.
“UConn, Minnesota, Kansas, Creighton, Rhode Island, Louisville and a few other schools.”
To be recruited by the defending national champions, UConn, is a big deal for a native of the Northeast like Adams.
“It feels good. Coach Ollie’s a cool dude. He talks to me about how I play in their system and how he likes the way I play,” Adams said.
One of the reasons Adams is drawing a lot of interest is his ability to score from all over the floor. Adams is advanced pulling up from mid-range or getting to the basket and playing above the rim a little bit. If the combo guard can improve his 24 percent three-point shooting in July, nearly every school in the country should show interest.
Adams is the No. 27 prospect in Rivals.com’s 2015 national rankings, but he credits playing with future Syracuse point guard Kaleb Joseph as a big factor in his development this season.
“I think I got a lot better over the school season working out with Kaleb (Joseph) and kids at my school,” Adams said. “It was fun playing with him. Playing with him in AAU and school. He helped me become a leader and become a true point guard.”
Although Adams went to battle against a talented player like Joseph in practice at Cushing Academy, he likes to model his game after a few other players.
“I like the way that Shabazz Napier plays and Russ Smith and a few other guards,” Adams said. “With Shabazz, definitely the hesitation pull-up and creating and getting to the basket and creating for others. With Russ Smith, I like the way that he’s explosive.”
The recruiting process is still in the exploratory stages for Adams, as he has no visits planned at the moment and he focuses on being prepared for July and playing in front of the college coaches.
“(I want to) show them that I can get to the basket and not only score, but get others involved,” Adams said.