Adams Eyes Arkansas

Arkansas head basketball coach John Pelphrey took in a game Friday night featuring 6-5, 210-pound Madison Central (Miss,) High standout Jeremy Adams, who poured in 29 points in a loss.

As someone who has an offer from the University of Arkansas, Jeremy Adams was well aware that Razorback head basketball coach John Pelphrey was in the building on Friday night.

Just as he has done all season, the 6-5, 210-pound shooting guard from Madison (MS) Central impressed.

Adams, who is averaging 25.2 points and 7 rebounds this season, had 29 points in his team's 65-62 loss to Wingfield.

"I have had a chance to talk to Coach Pelphrey a couple of times and I think he is a very cool guy," Adams said. "I also like (Razorback assistant) Coach (Isaac Brown). I am definitely very interested in Arkansas."

There are several reasons for that, including the chance to play with current Razorback freshmen point guard Courtney Fortson.

"I have had a chance to watch them play some games this year and really like the way they get up and down the floor," Adams said. "He (Fortson) is a really exciting player that would be great to play along with."

Adams, who will take visits after the season is over, has been to Fayetteville with the Birmingham Storm for the Real Deal on the Hill AAU event.

"I loved it in Fayetteville," Adams said. "It's a great college town. I really like the area and the facilities and the program."

Adams had offers from South Alabama, Georgia State and New Orleans before the early signing date.

But he decided to take his chances and see if he didn't have some bigger offers come along. That's exactly what has happened with coaches from Arkansas, Texas A&M, Marquette, South Florida and Virginia, Wake Forest and Ole Miss have all come around.

"It was a little intimidating at first, but I have just settled down and tried to play my game without worrying who is here to watch me play," Adams said. "I don't think that I have been doing that much differently this year than the last three years. I've just been more aggressive and people have found out about me."

Adams, who has blown up for a career-high 43 points twice this season, certainly brings tools and versatility to the table and is shooting 52 percent from the field and 77 percent from the free throw line.

"I feel like I can get to the basket really well, can shoot it, pass it and handle it," Adams said. "You can always improve every day, but I feel really good about my all-around game."

That includes his defense.

"I really don't like anybody to score on me," Adams said. "The only deal is our coach really doesn't let me guard the other team's best player until the fourth quarter because he doesn't want me to get in foul trouble. I love that challenge."

Adams was averaging 28 points and 10 rebounds at one point this season.

"I had a stretch where I didn't score as much with all the box-and-ones and other defenses they have been throwing at me," Adams said.

His team hasn't had the success it wanted this season with a 9-17 record.

"We lost our point guard before the season started and have just had a hard time with our guards, who are very young," Adams said. "We've been right there in a lot of games."

Adams and his team start the playoffs on Tuesday night against Jackson Murrah, a team it has lost to twice this season.

"We got blown out the first time, but lost by just three points the second time (73-70 last Tuesday)," Adams said. "I think we are ready to win this one. We have to because now it is win or go home and the season is over."

That means two of Mississippi's best will go up against each other again in Murrah sophomore LaQuinton Ross and Adams.

Ross had 44 and Adams 30 in their last matchup.

"He's the nation's top sophomores so it is fun to go up against someone like that," Adams said. "The big thing is just for us to get the win and keep playing."





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