Wont You Stay Just A Little Bit Longer?

A few weeks ago the biggest question on the minds of Arizona fans was could the Cats win it all. Now the big question for Wildcat fans does not deal with the team as a whole, but with one specific individual. That individual is Hassan Adams.

The rumor mill has been working overtime lately. Many fans are still pondering a question that is yet to be answered. Will Adams leave the Arizona franchise and head to the NBA? One week we hear Adams is leaving after this season, the next he says he won't leave. On Tuesday Coach Lute Olson admitted he did not think Adams was going to make the jump. For the sake of U of A fans, hopefully Olson is right.

Many scouts have came forth and claimed they do not think Adams is quite ready for the big time and that one more year of tuning can do him nothing but good. However, having a million dollar contract stare you in the face is a hard thing to say no to. In this case it may be better for Adams to look at things from a long-term point of view.

If Adams decides to stay for his senior year he can only get better. Last season Adams took a back seat to the seniors. Salim Stoudamire and Channing Frye stole the show while Adams averaged 12.7 points per game, six rebounds per game, and led the team with 1.9 steals per game. The year before Adams was arguably the best player on the team. He averaged 17.2 points per game to lead the team, 7.3 rebounds per game, and led the team in steals with 1.5 per game.

Adams did have a terrific run during the Pac-10 tournament and the NCAA tournament (he averaged 16.5 points per game during March Madness), but was quiet for the most part during the regular season. If Adams decides to stay one more year his NBA stock can only go higher. If Adams is around next season he will undoubtedly be the leader of the team. This year Stoudamire was the go to guy and it lifted his stats and NBA stock much higher than his previous years at Arizona. Next season that good very easily be Adams if he decides to stay.

Adams played power forward as a sophomore and dominated. However, as a junior he was switched to wing and showed signs of struggling early on. None of Adams' numbers are bad but some of them could definitely use some polishing. Last year Adams was a bit shaky from beyond the arch as he shot 30.2% from three-point range. He also could have performed a little better from the free-throw line. He shot 71.4% from the line, which was low when you compare it to Stoudamire and Frye.

Adams is one of the most athletic and talented men in the Pac-10 already. There is no one in the Pac-10 then can drive to the basket and create so much energy off a dunk like Adams does. If Adams does decide to stay one more year he will not only help the team but he will help himself as well. Adams will be the leader next year and continue to improve his skills, which can only raise his NBA stock. So Adams on behalf of Arizona fans everywhere: Won't you stay……. just a little bit longer?

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