Kentucky picked up another top-10 prospect on Tuesday morning as five-star Class of 2016 big man Edrice “Bam” Adebayo pledged to the Wildcats during a televised announcement. The 6-foot-9 Adebayo is currently regarded as the No. 7 overall prospect in the loaded Class of 2016 and he gives head coach John Calipari another ridiculous class, with four, five-star commitments among the group.
A powerful run-and-jump athlete who showed an improved face-up game this summer, Adebayo gives Kentucky another talented big man who can immediately contribute in their rotation. Adebayo’s commitment also marks another huge recruiting win for the Wildcats, as they beat out N.C. State and Auburn for his services.
This loss stings especially hard for the Wolfpack, since Adebayo is good friends and grassroots teammates with N.C. State commitment Dennis Smith.
Also a productive rebounder, Adebayo averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game on the grassroots circuit this spring and summer playing for Team Loaded North Carolina. The big man had a tremendous rapport running pick-and-rolls with Smith in grassroots ball and Kentucky fans have to hope that Fox and Adebayo can also form a lethal combination on similar plays.
With the commitment of Adebayo, this is one of Calipari’s most talented classes on paper yet. With three very good front-court players who have differing skills and one of the nation’s best guards in Fox, Kentucky will be in contention for the No. 1 class in the country once again.
The 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 took place last Saturday at Pier 2 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park with Team Do Be Doo defeating Team EZ Pass, 111-110.
While Nike’s coinciding showcase took elite prospects such as Harry Giles and Duke-commit Jayson Tatum to the Bahamas, the Elite 24 was still a star-studded event with the nation’s top recruit, Josh Jackson, who won the slam dunk contest the night before, sharing MVP honors with Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, Billy Preston and Frank Jackson.
Saturday night the tenth edition of the Under Armour Elite 24 was played in Brooklyn, with some of the nation’s best players taking part. Two of those players were five-star forwards Bam Adebayo (2016) and Michael Porter Jr. (2017), and in the first half of the game they teamed up do nearly bring the basket to the ground.
On a missed shot both players went up for the offensive rebound, not only dunking the ball but also bringing down some serious force on the rim. The basket didn’t collapse completely, which is obviously good for safety reasons.
Adebayo was one of four MVP’s in the game, with Josh Jackson (2016), Frank Jackson (2016) and Billy Preston (2017) being the others.
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Summer mixtape for five-star 2016 power forward Bam Adebayo (VIDEO)
Entering the summer as one of the Class of 2016’s best front court players, power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo backed up that label throughout the month of July. Playing alongside the likes of point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and shooting guard Brandon Robinson, Adebayo was one of the standouts on the Team Loaded North Carolina grassroots squad.
Above are Adebayo’s highlights from this summer, with Courtside Films responsible for the footage. Adebayo, who has yet to cut his list of schools, holds offers from programs such as Louisville, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona.
In addition to the annual Big Strick Classic game, in which 2016 guard Josh Jackson made good on his pregame promise and scored 50 points, there were three-point and dunk contests at the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx Saturday night. Guard Myles Powell won the three-point contest, and highly regarded power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo won the dunk contest.
One of Adebayo’s dunks: a one-hander after jumping over 2017 forward Billy Preston. Video of the dunk can be seen above, and it’s just one example of the athleticism that has made Bam one of the nation’s most sought-after recruits.