A Trio for Adrien

Thanks to a strong spring and summer, six-foot-six power forward Jeff Adrien has become one of the hottest prospects in all of high school basketball.

ADRIEN FOCUSING ON THREE SCHOOLS

After receiving relatively light recruiting attention as a senior at Brookline (MA) High, Jeff Adrien has been hearing from some of college basketball’s heavyweights as he prepares to do a year of prep school at Wolfeboro (NH) Brewster Prep.

As coaches have blown up his cell phone to make their recruiting pitch, Adrien says that he is focusing on three schools right now.

“You could say that the top three are UConn, Kansas and Pittsburgh,” Adrien told Phog.net.

Should those schools not work out, he is working on developing a next level of five schools and is considering the likes of Boston College, Villanova, Georgia and others. Sticking with his top three, Adrien sees positives with each program.

His thoughts about Connecticut;

“UConn is close by home and UConn along with North Carolina was one of my dream schools growing up watching,” said Adrien. “I remember watching when they won the first championship and I like Jim Calhoun as a coach.”

Regarding Kansas;

“I liked watching Kansas play this past year and in the past they’ve had the reputation of making it to the final four the last couple of years. They haven’t won yet, but I know they will,” said Adrien. “I liked them under Coach Williams and I like them under Coach Self too. They made the elite eight last year and they play hard so I like them.”

Regarding Pitt;

“Pittsburgh, they are a good team and a winning program that has been very consistent recently, I think it is three years in a row making the sweet 16,” said Adrien. “They have a good program with a nice new facility.”

So what exactly has made Adrien so attractive to so many basketball powers? He doesn’t have the ideal height that you look for in a power forward, but he more than makes up for it with his 7-1 wingspan, quickness around the basket, intensity and leaping ability. Also, he is a much more accomplished jump shooter than most have seen because he can get so much done in the post. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him step out on the floor some in college and develop into more of a combo forward on the next level.

As it stands, Adrien is set to take an official visit to UConn next weekend and he hopes to make trips to Kansas and Pitt soon after that. However, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making a commitment to the Huskies if his visit blows him away. More than anything he is happy that he chose to go the prep school route and is happy to be getting the type of attention he had hoped for.

“I did (think elite programs would get involved), but I didn’t believe it until I saw it. I knew I had it in me but it was just a matter of showing it. My friends and I all knew that I could do it and I think around Nike camp I really started to prove what I am capable of.”

EBOSS’ SCOUTING REPORT

When I first saw Adrien at the Boo Williams Invitational in Hampton (VA) back in April, I couldn’t believe that many had rated him as a mid major player. At 6-6 he is an athletic an aggressive presence in the lane and makes up for a lack of height with long arms, strength, quickness and determination.

As good as he is around the basket, and as much as effort plays a role in his game I think it is short sighted to label him as an effort guy. I think that Adrien has much more touch on his jump shot than given credit for and thanks to a stroke that looks good mechanically he will knock down open looks from 15-20 feet.

The jury is out as to whether or not he can ever be a true wing, but it isn’t out of line to think that he could spend a good amount of time on the wing as his career progresses. The key for his continued development and improvement will be for him to work on his ball handling, lateral reaction and overall decision making while facing the basket. Regardless of what position he ends up playing, he has solidified his standing as a high major prospect who can contribute anywhere in the country.


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