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Apex (NC) Middle Creek standout Garrius Adams has had a big spring and summer on the AAU circuit, and colleges are taking notice. He's been the go-to player for Garner Road, a local program coached by former University of North Carolina star Donald Williams.

Apex (NC) Middle Creek standout Garrius Adams has had a big spring and summer on the AAU circuit, and colleges are taking notice. He's been the go-to player for Garner Road, a local program coached by former University of North Carolina star Donald Williams.

"I think I've been playing really good," said Adams. "I've been a team leader, and we're winning some games. I've been runing the floor and showing more of my overall skills. It's fun playing in front of these coaches."

Hailing from right around the triangle, Adams admits that he's a fan of ACC basketball and watches college hoops all the time. Did he grow up a fan of a certain school?

"I never grew up a fan of any school or had a dream school," he said. "My mom was a UNC fan and my dad was a State fan so I grew up in a split household."

Adams led Middle Creek to a 27-3 record and a deep run in the state 4A basketball tournament, but that only led to offers from East Carolina and High Point. After a great showing at Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge and a host of AAU events, he has landed additional offers from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Miami, and Virginia Tech with NC State and Virginia expressing heavy interest. As it stands now, Adams doesn't claim a leader but did say that two programs appear to be recruiting him the hardest.

"I'd say South Carolina and Miami are on me the hardest," said Adams. "They are at all my games. The head coaches are there. That's important."

Here are his thoughts on the programs currently under consideration.

South Carolina: "I really like their head coach. He's real funny and down-to-earth. The assistant coach [Scott Cherry] knows my AAU coach, Donald Williams, really well so they have a lot of stories to tell."

Miami: "I like their head coach. He's down-to-earth also. The whole staff is really good. They send me emails all of the time. I talk to the assistant coach every once in a while."

"I've been a team leader."

Wake Forest: "I like Wake because it's close. I can take unofficial visits whenever I want, and I like the assistant coaches. I've known all of them for a long time. I know some of the players too."

Virginia Tech: "They've probably been on me the longest. I went to an Elite Camp there back when I was going into my sophomore year. They've been sending me a lot of mail and emails."

VIrginia: "I just met the head coach the other day, and they are really close with my AAU coaches. I haven't had a chance to visit, but I'd like to. I've just been talking with them on the phone."

NC State: "That's the closest school to me. I like it because of the location. My family and friends would love to see me play all of my games in college. I went to one of their camps my sophomore year and they said they liked me back then. I've always liked the coaching staff at NC State. They are friendly and real nice."

NC State has yet to offer Adams a scholarship but have been evaluating him at several events.

"They said they were going to come see me play and see how I fit in the program," he said. "They really haven't mentioned an offer yet, but I know they like me. They said that if I wanted to come up for a visit I can at anytime. With them being local, I would love to stay local, but I wouldn't mind going away for college either.

"If they offered me I think it would change my mindset a little bit because I would love to stay close to home where my family could see me play more, but the location won't be the biggest factor. It will still be the coaches, players and everything around."

With the AAU circuit winding down, Adams hopes to cut his list in the near future before visiting some schools and finalizing a fall decision.

"I would like to have a top three in a week or two," he said. "I'd like to take some official visits and go from there. Playing style is big and how they get out and run. I'm also looking for academics... I want to major in either Education or Sports Medicine."


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