The way Seattle combo guard Anrio Adams sees it, he will be playing basketball at Kansas University next season.
“I made a verbal commitment to Kansas today,” Adams, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior out of Rainier Beach High, told the Journal-World on Saturday night. “I have to take my SAT first. If I pass the SAT and my classes, I should get in without a problem.”
KU coaches cannot comment on recruiting in accordance with NCAA rules. It is believed the Jayhawk coaches will not accept any Adams commitment until he has qualified academically.
The unranked player, whose godfather is Bull Stewart, dad of former KU guard Rodrick Stewart, said Saturday he chose KU over finalists Washington, Baylor, UCLA and Louisville. He also heard from Arizona, LSU and Georgetown.
“KU is a wonderful program that gets players to the next level. It’s a great program that fits my game,” Adams told the J-W. He also spoke to various other websites Saturday, reiterating that he plans to play at KU.
Adams, who has attended three high schools, went to Seattle’s Garfield High a year ago. He planned to transfer to St. Patrick High in New Jersey for his senior year, but changed his mind and now is at Rainier, the alma mater of former KU guard Stewart.
“I watched him play in the pro league last summer with guys like Nate Robinson. He averaged 17 a game. He did great,” said Rainier coach Mike Bethea, who confirmed that Adams committed to KU Saturday.
“He is almost a carbon copy of Dwyane Wade. Last year in high school, in one game he sat out a quarter and still got 45 (points). He can play either guard position,” Bethea added.
Many recruiting analysts believed Adams had reclassified into the recruiting Class of 2013, thus his status as an unranked player. It’s believed he will wind up in the top 100 in the Class of 2012. Leftcoastrecruiting.com reports he’ll take the SAT on Dec. 3.
“I picked Kansas because I felt they fit my style of play and they love to play defense,” Adams told leftcoastrecruiting.com. “The school is great and it’s a basketball state. I wanted the best situation to give me the opportunity to compete equally for a starting position. The coaches are great. The fan base is heavy and I am ready for next year.
“Although I didn’t play in the camps this summer, I was home studying the game. I trained and watched game footage of Michael Jordan all summer. This is my life! This is what I want to do!” he added to the website.
KU’s Class of 2012 consists of forward Perry Ellis (Wichita), Landen Lucas (Portland) and Zach Peters (Plano, Texas). KU will have one scholarship to award if junior Thomas Robinson, as expected, turns pro after the season. KU would have two to give if sophomre Justin Wesley returns to walk-on status. He is on scholarship this year after transferring from Lamar. The Jayhawks are awaiting word from Andrew White, a 6-6, 210-pound senior from Miller School in Chester, Va. He has a list of KU, West Virginia, Richmond, Texas, Louisville and Georgetown.
Here’s ESPN.com’s scouting report on Anrio Adams: “Adams has lengthy frame with long arms, and he’s very athletic. He uses his quickness, strength, and bounce to blow by opponents in transition as he makes his way to the rim. He can take contact while finishing and he plays at a relentless pace. He is geared for scoring and he can do it in a variety of ways. Whether it is nailing the 3-point shot or scoring off the dribble in traffic he can put points up in a hurry.
“As far as weaknesses ... Adams is an elite scorer, but far too often he hunts shots and forces the action when the play is not there. As a result he becomes a volume scorer and turnover prone. He has 3-point range on his shot, but it’s very streaky and he needs to get on balance more often. He loves to compete, but he allows his emotions to get the best of him too much.
“The bottom line is ... Adams is one of the better scoring guards in the country. He can score in bunches and he’s an intense competitor. However, his game needs to mature as he plays too fast far too often. In addition, he has allowed his emotions to get the best of him - thus causing him to lose focus at critical parts of the game.”