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Adams in drug-induced coma after car accident

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Winthrop basketball player DeAndre Adams
was in a coma in an Atlanta hospital after a car accident, coach
Randy Peele said Sunday.

The 20-year-old backup guard was returning to his Austell, Ga.,
home when his car left the road, flipped and hit a tree about 4
a.m. Saturday.

Peele told The Herald in Rock Hill that he had been speaking
with Adams' father regularly since learning about the accident.
Peele was en route to Atlanta Medical Center on Sunday with
assistant coach Paul Molinari.

"His father said there are no fractures, but he has a bruised
liver," Peele said. "But swelling of the brain is their big
concern right now."

Peele said Adams was in a drug-induced coma to keep him quiet
while doctors work on reducing pressure in his skull.

"They're trying to keep people out of his room," Peele said.
"He can apparently hear and is trying to react to what's going on,
and they're trying to keep him from doing that."

Adams was playing in a summer league in Atlanta. He had just
dropped off another Winthrop player, Mantoris Robinson from
Charlotte, N.C., at a relative's house and was on the way home when
he crashed.

"There was no foul play, nothing like that," Peele said. "He
just swerved and crashed."

The rising junior played in all 35 Winthrop games this past
season, including the Eagles' first NCAA Tournament win. He
averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds.

"Right now," Peele said, "nobody knows, but they're saying he
has two positives. He's young and he's an athlete. He's resilient
and he's strong as a bull."