Class of 2011: Tyler Adams

Junior center Tyler Adams of Brandon (MS) High School had helped lead his team to a 10-1 record and overall 12th place ranking in the latest Mississippi high school poll.

Brandon High School head basketball coach Fredrick Barnes has seen his team jump out to a very impressive 10-1 record this season. One of the main reasons for their success is junior big man Tyler Adams, one of the top players in the nation's class of 2011.

"Tyler is a huge player who is around 6-9 and about 250 and is hard for teams to match up with down low because he is a powerful player who is extremely competitive," said Coach Barnes. "I think that competitive nature is what gives him the advantage over most big men.

"And he is a very humble guy who comes from a good family. Usually, everybody - his momma, grandmomma, aunt - is at the game. That kind of environment has really helped him."

The humble Adams diverts attention from himself by giving a lot of credit for the success of this year's team to guard play and the experience factor.

"This year, we have been pretty good so far," said the 6-10, 257-pounder. "We have struggled a couple of games but we have stayed together because we have pretty good guards. And we have a senior-laden team so we are pretty experienced this year."

Trying to do as much as he can to help his team succeed, Adams has worked hard since the summer to improve his play.

"Since the summer, I have started using my athletic ability a lot more, running the floor and jumping," said Adams. "I have also been working a lot on my turnaround jumper on the block. I've also tried to be more fundamentally sound on the block, trying to be a big, power player who likes to bang in the post."

He's also worked hard on becoming a more versatile offensive threat as well.

"Offensively, I have a turnaround jumper, I like to drop step a lot and I will try and dunk on you if I get the chance to," said the 17-year-old, who scored 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds, 6 blocks and 1 assist in his team's first setback of the season, a 59-54 road loss to the number 10 ranked Tupelo Golden Wave Friday night.

As you would expect from a big man as talented as Adams, numerous college coaches have taken notice.

"Basically, everybody in the SEC has offered me except for South Carolina and Kentucky, although Kentucky is looking at me, too," said Adams. "I also have offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, USC and several others. And Thursday, Clemson came to watch me practice."

Adams has already started narrowing down what initially was a huge recruiting list to a select few.

"The schools that I am interested in are Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Florida and Alabama," said Adams. "That is pretty much it now."

Look for another update on this very talented member of the class of 2011 in the very near future.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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