"Andrio Adams is a major prospect," Scout.com's Dave Telep said after watching Adams play in an Aau tournament this spring. "He's the heir to the [Seattle] Rotary throne and he'll be ready to assume the mantle when [Tony] Wroten and Gary Bell graduate. Where to start? He's very, very athletic. Adams is also strong and confident. The guy is legit behind the line and explosive going to the rim. Once word really gets out he'll go national."
The word is about Adams, who was one of 80 prospects nationally invited to play in the King City Classic in Cleveland, Ohio in early July. Since the July evaluation period began, the talented 2012 prospect has heard from several big-time college basketball programs, including Louisville, Miami, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Washington, Boston College, USC, UCLA and Washington State.
Pitino and assistant Tim Fuller kept an eye on Adams at the King City Classic and Summer Jam in Milwaukee during the first evaluation period this month. Adams also recently spoke with Fuller, Pitino's new assistant, about Louisville's interest in him.
"I talked to Coach Fuller," Adams said. "He was telling me about their new arena and how they [coaching staff] have been talking about me a lot. He said he enjoyed watching me at the King City [Classic] and he gave me an offer and let me know if that's the choice I make I can do it."
Adams characterized his interest in Louisville as being "excited, really excited."
"I think it's an honor," Adams said of Louisville's interest. "They really don't recruit guys from our area so it's a blessing."
A former high school teammate of Louisville sophomore point guard Peyton Siva, Adams has talked to his friend about the Cardinals recently. Adams also has familiarity with the Louisville basketball program, having played in Louisville as a freshman at the King of the Bluegrass with Siva on the championship Franklin squad.
"I talked to him and he let me know that when he's done it will be my turn just like he had to wait for Edgar [Sosa]," Adams said. "They treat you with a lot of love since they don't have an NBA team. They shut everything down to watch Louisville play. Plus I went down there my freshman year and we won a high school tournament [King of the Bluegrass] so I already know what it's like."
Where does Louisville stand with Adams?
"They're definitely top three," Adams said. "Arizona is definitely up there and also Texas."
Adams said he's interested in Arizona because of head coach Sean Miller, who knows his mom through mutual friends in the Seattle-area.
"Sean Miller is an exciting dude," Adams said. "He's excited about winning and just wants me to play with them. He wants to rebuilt and he's looking for me to come in and play right away. He likes me a lot."
Adams also likes what he's hearing from Texas, a school that lured former McDonald's All-American Avery Bradley from Tacoma, Washington last year.
"I like Texas a lot," said Adams. "We went down there for a tournament and I liked the weather. The coaches there are cool, too. I've been talking to Coach Russell [Springmann] more than ever and I like them. I know Avery Bradley very well and I just like the school a lot."
Though Adams has three early favorites, he's in no rush to end his recruiting process. Adams will close out the month of July at AAU tournaments in Las Vegas and Phoenix, two more chances for the talented guard to enhance his reputation with college coaches in attendance.
"I just want to keep my recruitment open right now," Adams said. "Anything can happen."
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