Adebayo: "They Have A Good Atmosphere"

LAS VEGAS -- Continuing a productive summer during the final week of the July live evaluation period was five-star Class of 2016 forward Edrice Adebayo.

Continuing a productive summer during the final week of the July live evaluation period was five-star Class of 2016 forward Edrice Adebayo.

The North Carolina native -- known as "Bam" by many -- averaged a double-double of 14.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during seven games in the adidas Uprising Summer Championships with Team Loaded North Carolina and now the focus for him will turn to the recruiting front.

N.C. State has been in the conversation for Adebayo for quite some time now and the 6-foot-9 forward feels comfortable with the program heading into a crucial stretch in his recruitment.

"I mean, it's a good campus, a good staff. It's [good] all around," Adebayo said of the Wolfpack. "They have a good atmosphere, the fans are good. I know a few people from State."

Coaches from N.C. State made watching Adebayo a priority during the week as you couldn't go to a Team Loaded North Carolina game without seeing multiple Wolfpack coaches in attendance. The lure to stay home in North Carolina is strong for Adebayo and he understands what it would mean to keep it local for his college experience. But he's also weighing some out-of-state options that are enticing and it's one of the decisions he's wrestling with in the next few weeks.

"North Carolina is North Carolina, it's a hoops state," Adebayo said. "But other than that, people say get out of the state and see the different sides of the world, so I just have to take my time and think about it."

Adebayo acknowledged that he'll likely decide in the fall and that N.C. State, UNC and Wake Forest would likely receive official visits along with some out-of-state programs. Team Loaded teammate and point guard Dennis Smith could also potentially take some visits with Adebayo and they've spoken about seeing some campuses together.

Much has been discussed about Adebayo and Smith playing together at the next level and the forward acknowledged that teaming with other star players could help achieve goals. With Duke's recent national championship coming thanks to a tremendous freshman class, elite Class of 2016 prospects are trying to do the same thing.

"We're all trying to make it to the No. 1 spot and make it to the NCAA national title," Adebayo said. "So we've talked about playing together and how it could work."

As for his game, Adebayo showed more of a willingness to shoot his mid-range jumper during the week. With opposing defenses overloading on Smith on high ball screens, it meant for a lot of pick-and-pop situations that left Adebayo wide open for elbow jumpers. Knocking down a few of them during the week, he said he's comfortable shooting those kinds of shots despite being more known for his power game around the rim.

"I've been working on it since I was younger. I just don't shoot a lot because people expect me to be a banger or something," Adebayo said. "When they leave me open I just knock it down and run the other way."


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