- Paul Biancardi, Basketball Recruiting
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Jordan Adams, the No. 61 overall player in the 2012 class, committed to UCLA over Memphis, Miami and Georgia on Monday night.
"I chose UCLA because coach Ben Howland stresses defense and I believe that is what wins championships," said the ESPNU 100 SF from Lawrenceville, Ga. "He told me I would have to earn my starting position."
Adams, a strong SF who possesses a soft shooting touch, will be going from one of the nation's strongest prep programs in Oak Hill Academy to one of the all-time greatest programs in college basketball and he is ready for the challenge. The strength of his game is knocking down deep and midrange jumpers and he does it with great confidence. With his size and strength he can see over defenders when he gets into the paint and he is the type of shot-maker who stretches the defense and opens the floor for his teammates.
"I am excited for Jordan and I know he is happy the recruiting process is over," said Oak Hill coach Steve Smith, who has more than 800 wins in his career. "He is an outstanding shooter with tremendous 3-point range. He has worked extremely hard over the last year to improve his intermediate game and has improved dramatically on the defensive end. He really rebounds the ball for his position."
Adams needs to continue to work on his lateral quickness and flexibility, while concentrating on staying low in his defensive stance throughout the entire possession. Howland does an outstanding job of teaching defense and getting talented offensive players, like Adams, to guard and be committed to defense. So this is a good match, but Howland isn't the only reason Adams chose UCLA. He has a great relationship with new Bruins assistant coach Korey McCray, who was a one-time coach and CEO of the Atlanta Celtics AAU program.
"Coach McCray has trained me over the years early in the mornings working on my shooting, lots of one-on-one drills and my overall speed," Adams said. "He taught me everything, without him I would not be in the position I am in today."
Adams, who is the Bruins' only 2012 commit at this time, should really fit in well with the current roster. He, Norman Powell and the Wear twins, Travis and David, will really open up the post game and allow Joshua Smith to operate on the blocks.
Coming off a 23-win season with a young squad, this is a great start for Howland and his staff.
Paul Biancardi, who has been a head coach and assistant on NCAA tournament teams, is the national director of basketball recruiting. He is also one the voters for the McDonald's All-American Game and Gatorade Player of the Year. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.