Adebayo Making Big Impact

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Edrice Adebayo's on-the-court play at this week's NBPA Top 100 Camp has mirrored the attention college coaches have given him off of it.

Aggressive. Persistent. Strong.

Matched up against several of high school basketball's top big men, the 6-9, 230-pound center has more than held his own.

Adebayo had one of the most impressive stat lines of the camp Thursday morning, putting up 17 points (7-10 FG) and 10 rebounds against Top 50 7-footer Doral Moore.

His strengths shine in a camp environment as he's consistently beating other big men down the court for transition points. The high-motor he plays with ensures he'll always be around the ball.

"I think I am (doing well), but I'm also facing up and shooting jumpers, coming off the dribble, jab-stepping a little bit," said Adebayo, who's faced bigs like Cheick Diallo and Moore. "It's been really tough on our bodies because we're not used to going 13 hours in the gym every day. The competition is good, the effort, the chemistry, everything is good."

On June 15, NCAA rules allowed college coaches to have unlimited contact with the rising junior class. Adebayo heard from UNC, Kansas, Wake Forest, Iowa State, N.C. State, Villanova among others.

"It was hectic," he explained. "My coach said his phone was ringing off the charts. As soon as it hit 12:01 a.m., 200-some college coaches called me. It really amazed me when I was sitting in the house with my mom."

Roy Williams made the call to Adebayo when the unlimited contact period began.

"He basically talked about how they're interested in me, they want me to come to their school," he said. "They're interested in how I played and my performances so far. I think he's (Roy Williams) a pretty good man. He looks like he cares about the kids, when they do wrong he just tells them what's wrong. You need help with something he'll help you."

Less than two months ago, Williams called and offered Adebayo a scholarship. It was an offer he admitted he'd been waiting for.

"It felt like I accomplished something," Adebayo said. "Everybody was like ‘all the other 2016 players got UNC offers, why ain't you have an UNC offer?' So it felt like I wasn't good enough for UNC, then it felt like I was. But I still gotta keep working to get to the league."

Adebayo is planning to visit UNC in the near future to play pickup ball with the current team.

After admitting that he was an "ACC kid," Adebayo said the pressure is mounting from people at his high school and local community to go to the school of their choice.

While he's listening, he said he won't make decision until his senior year and wants a school with a "good atmosphere."

"The ACC, they are the top schools in the country," he said. "I'm looking to play in the ACC one of these days."

In just the past few days, Adebayo picked up offers from Iowa State and Kansas. The Jayhawks offered despite essentially no communication with his mother and mentor/coach Eric Peartree.

"The Kansas offer was unexpected," he said. "We were about to get off the phone and he (Bill Self) was like ‘I just want you to know that the Kansas Jayhawks offered you a scholarship.' I was a little shocked because that was my first time ever talking to him and I didn't expect an offer."

With no visits on the horizon, Adebayo is focused on improving the rest of the summer. He'll attend the Kevin Durant and LeBron James Skills Academy camps, before finishing out the summer with Boo Williams's 17U team at Peach Jam.

The hard work, camp visits and willingness to improve, he said, come from embracing the competition he'll face over the next month.

"They've got the same goals I have, getting in college, taking somebody's spot, making a name for themselves in college and hopefully going to the NBA," he said. "So I've got to bring the same intensity they've got."

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