Hassan Adams update

Two people will help Hassan Adams choose a school, his mother Connie Adams and Westchester High assistant coach Marlon Morton. Both had plenty to say about the recruiting process.

"I have no idea where he will go to school," his mother said. "But I want to be sure Hassan gets a good education."

Adams is considering Arizona, Kansas, UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Boston College and Tennessee. He made his official campus visit to KU the weekend of Sept. 8.

Connie Adams did not go with her son to Kansas and says she is planning only one trip with her son.

"I'm going to go with him when he goes to Arizona," his mother said. "I've seen the Student Support facilities at UCLA and I've heard about some of the others, but I want to see for myself what kind of support is offered."

Adam's mother has her son's educational interests as a priority but she defers any basketball-related questions to Morton who has been mentoring Adams through the recruiting process.

Morton says Adams visited Kansas because the Jayhawks have always been Adams' "dream school."

"He grew up idolizing Kansas," Morton said. "He's always dreamed of going to Kansas. So I called (KU) a year ago last July and told them Hassan was interested, but they only came to see him play one time. Hassan took that as a lack of respect. Now they make their move, but it's probably too late."

Adams returned from his KU visit on Sept. 9 and hosted UCLA and Cal for in-home visits that evening.

"UCLA is the same," Morton said because of the Bruins' interest in Evan Burns. "It might be too late. Evan Burns and Hassan are good friends and UCLA decided to go after Burns. There's a lot of politics and if that's what they want that's fine. But Hassan has destroyed Evan every time they've played."

I was at Fairfax High School when the two teams met last July. Westchester beat Fairfax for the championship of the Fairfax Tournament. In that game, Burns had the upper hand early in the contest and Fairfax took a comfortable 10-point lead. But in the second half Adams put a defensive blanket around Burns, held him to two forth-quarter points, and helped bring Westchester back from a late deficit for the victory.

According to Morton, UCLA is fighting an uphill battle. But Cal seemingly has a real shot at landing this Top 20 player.

"Cal is in the thick of it," Morton said after attending the in-home. "They gave a real good presentation. They're a little leery and not sure of their chances with Arizona involved, but Cal has a chance."

I asked Morton about Adams' attraction to Boston College. After all, BC is a long way from LA.

"Distance is not a factor," Morton said. "Boston College is a major player. They've been recruiting Hassan for a long time and they got Craig Smith who played at Fairfax. Other players have a lot of respect for Craig and he'll help Boston College get other West Coast players."

Adams has scheduled an Oct. 28 campus visit to BC and he's penciled in a visit to Tennessee Oct. 6.

"I remember the Tennessee date because Tennessee plays Georgia (football) that day," Morton said. "But none of these visits are etched in granite, all of the dates are tentative. The only visit that's solid is Oregon. He's going to Oregon on Sept. 28."

Oregon might have the most difficult "obstacle" to overcome. Duck's coach Ernie Kent is recruiting his son Jordan Kent and, although he hasn't yet given Oregon a verbal commitment, it would seem the coach's son is a lock to do so. If both should eventually signed with Oregon, at 6-3, Jordan Kent would appear to be competing for playing time with Adams at the two-guard position. However, Morton said Adams is not concerned with competition, even from a coach's son.

"It's not a factor at all," Morton said. "Anything less than Michael (Jordan) is no threat. Unless it's Jordan or Kolbe (Bryant) competing for playing time, it doesn't matter."

Adams is scheduled to visit the Arizona campus Oct. 12, the weekend of Midnight Madness.

"He's scheduled to visit that weekend," Morton said. "But that's the same weekend as the SAT test and he needs to take the test."

Adams has posted a score on the test, making him eligible to make official campus visits, but has not posted a qualifying score. The official UA campus visit was scheduled knowing Adams had to take the SAT test that weekend and the plan is to have him take the test in Tucson. Whether that happens, only time will tell.

Morton said the Wildcats really didn't start recruiting Adams until recently, but Morton explained that Arizona was the only school with a good excuse.

"With everything coach Olson went through last year," Morton explained. "Hassan said ‘I understand why you're not recruiting me.' So Arizona is in good shape.

"The only question I have for Arizona," Morton said. "is how long is Lute going to be there?"


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