Adams clears another hurdle

In order to fulfill his dream of playing basketball at the University of Kansas, Anrio Adams knew he had to take care of business on his ACT - and Wednesday he received word he had done just that. Thus, the talented point guard from famed Seattle Rainier Beach has taken another important step toward making Lawrence, Kan. his new home.

Anrio Adams had been waiting for this letter to arrive for a long time.

He knew his ability to achieve his dream and play basketball with the University of Kansas hinged on achieving the necessary composite score on the ACT, and after taking the test this spring all he could do was wait.

So he did, for what had to feel like an eternity. But Wednesday afternoon his scores arrived, and with his mom he quickly pored over them and found what he was looking for.

He'd passed the qualifying threshold, and would be a Kansas Jayhawk.

"I talked to (Kansas assistant Kurtis) Townsend, and we just went over my jersey number and what I'm going to be wearing," an understandably exuberant Adams said.

His scores still have to pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse, and he'll have to meet the requirements of the Big 12 which, as current Jayhawks Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor discovered first hand this season, isn't always a stone-cold guarantee. But it looks as if barring any unforeseen circumstances, Kansas fans should expect things to be official in the not-so-distant future.

Now another wait begins - the wait until he moves to Lawrence, Kan., which he believes will be June 28. And while that's exciting, he knows the work is just beginning.

"I'm really excited but I'm more focused than ever," Adams said. "This is motivating me to continue on and really work out hard in my free time before I take off. So I am excited. I work for stuff like this, so this is what I expect."

What can Kansas fans expect out of the 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard, who was a key cog this season in yet another Washington Class 3A state championship for famed Seattle Rainier Beach High School?

Speed, poise, excitement - basically a little bit of everything.

"I love to push up the floor and that's just really my game," Adams said. "I'm really effective there. They're going to see a lot of great things."


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