ASU still a possibility for Adams

Former local standout Andre Adams moved across the country to attend a prestigious prep schools only to have an injury hamper his plans, but Arizona State remains a possible destination.

Former Avondale (Ariz.) Westview post player Andre Adams suffered a torn ACL almost soon as he arrived at IMG Academy for a prep year at the Bradenton, Fla., school.

Adams, a 6-foot-9 power forward/center, was being pursued at a pretty high level earlier in his high school career but due to academics and some questions about whether he'd plateaued, his recruitment stalled to some degree.

Last year, Adams had a very good summer after graduating from Westview, playing with a greater sense of purpose at both ends of the floor. Things seemed to be looking up and Arizona State was among the schools showing a renewed interest. It even appeared as though a commitment to the program under then-coach Herb Sendek was possible.

Then the injury happened and it again became a feeling out process with ASU and other schools.

Under new ASU coach Bobby Hurley, one of the program's assistants went to IMG Academy to assess Adams during his rehab and the Sun Devils appear to be giving serious consideration to the possibility of a scholarship offer.

"Last week one of the assistant coaches came to see me and we've been talking and everything and then he's going to have coach (Hurley) give me a call here coming up soon and connect with me on everything," Adams said.

Five months removed from the ACL tear, Adams said he's ahead of schedule and trending toward being fully cleared at some point this summer.

"I'm doing a lot better, I rehab every day," Adams said. "I'm ahead of where the normal person would be at two or three days a week of rehab. I'm starting to run now and doing a lot more stuff on the court now. That's where I'm at.

"When I did hurt myself it wasn't something where I felt hesitant about things, I knew I had to come back slower than I wanted because I wanted to be out there. But I had to get my knee and my leg strong and take my time with it so I will come back right. It was probably a blessing in disguise it happened here because I got to experience new things on and off the court and this is a place where they know how to help you come back from an injury like this."

Part of the ASU evaluation will be on the academic side, making sure that Adams is going to be available to enroll and play this fall.

"I'm just waiting on a test score (ACT) and then to finish up my class," Adams said.

In addition to ASU, Adams said Arkansas, Florida Gulf Coast and UTEP are possibilities and other schools have been reaching out more recently to get a better feel for his situation.

"ASU would probably be one of my top schools and there are other schools starting to pop back up, with me rehabbing and getting closer to coming back. Some schools are coming back and I'm just trying to get better and decide where I'm going to go."


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