Gut feeling made Adams a Buff

Colorado basketball fans only recently found out Jeremy Adams would be joining the program this summer as a transfer from Texas A&M via Navarro Junior College. Adams has known he was headed to Boulder since last summer. Get inside for our interview with the newest Buff.

Jeremy Adams first began talking with Colorado coaches last summer after he made the decision to leave the Texas A&M program after a redshirt year in 2009-2010.

The Colorado staff had been hired only a few months earlier, but something told Adams Boulder was the place for him. He even told his dad he was leaning toward being a Buff even though he had never been to Boulder or seen the school or met most of the members of the team and coaching staff.

It helped that assistant coach Mike Rohn had been at Texas A&M during his redshirt season as the director of basketball operations, but Adams said it wasn't all about having a familiar face around. He just knew CU was the right place for him.

"That helped out a lot being familiar with (Rohn), but that was a plus," Adams said. "That wasn't something that just because I know coach Rohn I'm going to go ahead and go to Colorado. It was just a plus.

"...It's just like a guy feeling I have most of the time and usually when I don't follow that gut feeling something bad ends up happening. When they started recruiting me, I told my dad that I had a feeling that Colorado is probably the place.I just like the fact that it's going to be an opportunity for a lot of minutes next year. It's an up-and-coming program, new coach, new practice facility. That was basically it, that and my gut feeling."

Adams will graduate with an associates degree on May 14 and plans to head to Boulder soon after. He will take classes at CU during both summer sessions and be on campus all summer.

Adams said he chose to leave Texas A&M because it just wasn't a good fit for him. He said he likes the freedom in the style of play at CU.

"I just wanted a place where I could go and kind of use my talents to the fullest," he said. "I enjoyed my last year at Texas A&M. I still go down there. I just got back from Texas A&M and hanging out with some of my old teammates. I just wanted to go somewhere where I could play to my potential. That's it."

If there was any question in Adams' mind, it was basically answered around the holidays when he was home from school. His father had recorded some Colorado games and they sat and watched them together.

Adams said he felt even stronger about the Buffs at that point because he believes he will fit in well with the up-tempo style of play used by coach Tad Boyle.

"I kind of already had my mind made up then that that is where I wanted to go," Adams said.

Adams had a lot of options coming out of high school in Madison, Miss. He had a truck load of scholarship offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Georgetown, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, South Florida and Virginia among others.

Adams was considered a late-bloomer in high school, but he probably wouldn't have been if he hadn't been injured most of his junior season. He took on a larger role than expected during his senior season when the starting point guard on his high school team was hurt in a car accident. He said he put everything in to that season to prove to people he could play.

Adams averaged 12 points through the regular season playing in 24 games for Navarro. He played part of the season on a dislocated toe. He made 32 percent of his 3-point attempts and 67 percent of his free throws.

"I'm my toughest critic," Adams said. "I think I did OK. Some people would probably say I did well, but to have a year off from competition to come back and play it like the first half of the season I was a little rusty. It took me a little while just to get familiar and remember what I can do and just loosen up cause I put a lot of pressure on myself coming in. I think it went OK. I know I didn't play the best I could, but I went out there and worked hard and tried every day."

Adams said he was hosted by Carlon Brown during his trip to Boulder and he enjoyed getting to know all his future teammates. He said Brown is laid back like him and Shannon Sharpe and Andre Roberson are "goofy" and fun to be around.

Adams isn't sure what he will study in Boulder.


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