Adams: 'It Opened My Eyes'

Apex (NC) Middle Creek standout Garrius Adams continues to be a top priority for several regional programs, and yesterday he visited an ACC school on his list.

Apex (NC) Middle Creek standout Garrius Adams continues to be a top priority for several regional programs, and yesterday he visited an ACC school on his list.

"I went to NC State [yesterday] for a visit," said Adams. "When I got there, I watched their practice and talked to all of the coaches. I also got to talk with some of their players.

"They are going to Canada for a tournament so they are practicing, and I came in mostly at the end when they were scrimmaging. I think they are going to surprise some people because they looked good. I know when I was watching their scrimmage they had both freshmen from their 2008 class playing the whole game. That stood out most to me. I thought their freshmen stood out."

NC State is right around the corner from his home so it was a short trip for Adams. Joining him on his visit was his mother and the director for Garner Road Elite, Adams's AAU program. What did his mother think of the visit?

"My mom really liked it," said Adams. "She like how they were very genuine and nice. We talked most of the time with the coaches, and I think we had good conversations. It was a good visiit for her and me.

"I know my mother, like any other mother, wants me to stay as close as possible. But, she also wants what is best for me. If that is going to Miami or South Carolina or any school out of the state, she would stick with me on my decision."

In a previous interview with Scout.com, Adams voiced his concerns over NC State's current situation at shooting guard in the 2009 class. The Wolfpack have already landed verbal commitments from Lorenzo Brown and Scott Wood, and Adams wondered just how he would fit into the mix should he commit to NC State.

He had a chance to ask head coach Sidney Lowe any questions he might have, and Adams admitted the visited helped increase the Wolfpack's chances.

"At first I couldn't really see how they would have three shooting guards on the floor," said Adams. "But they told me we wouldn't be playing the same position. Coach Lowe has this plan where if you can play, it's not really about a position it is about getting you on the floor. If you can play basketball and know how to make plays, you just go out and play because you will be on the floor. He told me that I was a high priority for them.

"I think it was a really good visit. It opened my eyes. I got to ask coach Lowe all of the questions I had about State. I think it got me more interested in State than I was before."

After a strong showing on the AAU circuit, Adams landed offers from Miami, NC State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. Marquette is also now showing interest, and Adams already has two official visits scheduled with more to follow.

"I take my first visit Thursday to South Carolina," he stated. "My next visit will be September 6th to Miami. Those are the only two I have planned so far. I'll probably visit Virginia Tech and Wake Forest most likely. State is so close that I'm not sure about taking an official because I can go on unofficial visits.

"I am excited about my first official to South Carolina. I've never been to South Carolina's campus or been to a game in person. It should be a really, really good experience."

Don't expect a quick decision from Adams. He maintains that he is wide open and hopes to take all his visits before making a verbal commitment.

"I don't really have a favorite," he said. "I wouldn't say I have a top five, but those are the schools talking to me the most. I'm still wide open though. I'm not counting out any other schols until I sit down and make a decision.

"I don't really have a timetable because I want to take the visits right now. I've talked to a lot of people, and they said that during the visit is not when you make your choice. It's really a week or so after the visits so you can have a feeling. It's one of the things you get a feel for."

Last season, Adams led Middle Creek to a 27-3 record and a deep run in the state 4A basketball tournament. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard feels this year's team will also be competitive.

"We lost a lot of seniors, but we'll be better than what some people expect."

Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-foot-5 senior is also regarded as the No. 20 shooting guard in the country.


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