Over the summer coaches scurry around the nation from one AAU tournament to another making sure they get to see their top targets, but also to see if they can find one of those infamous ‘hidden gems'. One of those gems that caught the eye of several coaches was Chad Adams, a 6'5 shooting guard in the 2009 class from Highland High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Playing for the New Mexico Force, Adams used the summer tour to make a name for him self, and many college coaches took notice. "It is hard to get recognition playing in Albuquerque, so I really need the summer tournaments to get the exposure that I need. Now the coaches are starting to come down here to see me. Santa Clara and Portland are coming to see me this week and Marquette University is coming to see me next week."
As the summer tournaments came and went, more coaches started contacting the 6'5 guard. "More and more schools are contacting me now. I get shoe boxes full of mail." Schools like Oklahoma, Pepperdine, Penn and Lehigh are jumping into the mix now too, but I would say that Marquette is on me the hardest, the offered me a scholarship last month."
Chad says that the best parts of his game at this point are his defense, passing ability and his mid range jumper, but knows there is a lot of work to do. "I need to improve my long range jumper, my ball handling and my defense. I know I said defense was one of my best skills, but you always need to work on your defense."
But Adams has a lot more to offer than just his skills, he has the right mindset too. "I love basketball. I feel I bring a lot of energy to the game. I have a great work ethic, wherever I go I will bring that with me. I will work my tail off for my coach – I always give it my all. I am working with my coach every single day - doing everything I can to get better."
When it comes to making a decision on which college he will go to, Adams is in no hurry. He will take time and search for a school that is the right fit. "I want to play for a coach that has a good track record, someone that has had some recent success. I grew up as a military kid, I lived everywhere, so I am not one of those people that wants to play close to home. I have been here for six years and will stay to finish up high school. I will go where ever I have to as long as it is a good fit for me. It always has been my dream to play in a big conference, to play on TV."
Chad Adams has goals for his high school team to succeed, but wants more, not just for himself, but for others as well. "This is definitely the year that I want to put my name out there nationally. This year I had a good summer - next year I will have the best summer. I also want to be part of something big. We have a lot of talent down here in New Mexico. I want to get coaches and writers from around the country to start to focus on us, I want to help put New Mexico basketball players on the map. That I something I want to be a part of."
So as the coaches out there rush to finalize their 2008 recruiting classes, remember that they are also paying attention to the recruits in the 2009 recruits, not only those on the top of the national rankings, but also to the diamonds in the rough, the guys like Chad Adams.