Jordan Adams has been UCLA Basketball’s most consistent player during the last two years, which is interesting due to his role of playing second fiddle much of both seasons. Physically, he doesnt pass the eye test when you think of a prototypical two guard, nor does he possess an insane amount of explosion when going to the basket. Jordan Adams is just Jordan Adams; he never tries to be anything else, and that is what makes him so good.
Adams hails from Atlanta, Georgia, the same city as teammate Tony Parker, though they did not play high school basketball together. Adams attended Oak Hill Academy where he was their star and drew the interest of the Bruins and Coach Ben Howland with his scoring prowess. Adams also was a very talented football player in high school being Central Gwinnett’s starting quarterback both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Adams then transferred to the famed Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, his junior and senior seasons where he served as Captain, guiding the team to a 44-0 mark his senior season and the team’s seventh FAB 50 National Title.
Adams, in each of his first two seasons attending UCLA averaged more than 15 points per game, averaging 15.3 in 2012-2013 and 17.4 this season 2013-2014. He increased his marks in field goal percentage (44.7 to 48.5), as well as three point percentage (30.7 to 35.6) from last season to this season. Adams also was the team’s best defender registering 168 steals over the past two years. This season, Adams eclipsed Cameron Dollar’s previous record mark of 82 steals back in the 1996-1997 season by recording 95 steals to set a new single-season record.
UCLA looked no further for consistency than Adams- he scored in double digits 31 out of 36 games this season as the Bruins’ leading scorer. He seemed to always show up with a big play in a big game, just as the Bruins needed it. After the conclusion of this season Adams decided to join fellow teammates Kyle Anderson, Zach LaVine, and Norman Powell in filing paperwork for the NBA. Anderson and LaVine both declared their decision to make the jump, while Adams and Powell wished to receive feedback and projections on where they might be drafted.
UCLA Basketball: two, possibly three leaving for NBA
Thursday Jordan Adams announced he will be returning to the UCLA Basketball team for his junior season, much to the joy of many Bruins fans, coaches, and players alike. He returns as the leader this year, now one of the veterans who the younger players will look to for guidance. This is a good decision to return for Jordan as his draft stock placed him in the early to middle part of the second round. Not exactly the most enticing spot to be when you still have two more years of eligibility to refine your game and look more desirable to NBA teams.
Another big year for Jordan Adams and the Bruins will find themselves in the hunt for the PAC 12 title along with Arizona. Jordan will be looked upon to lead this team next year, but that’s no problem for a guy who has been tabbed Mr. Consistency. Jordan’s lasting quote attached to his announcement; “I love being a Bruin”.