“I think we might go to Midnight Madness again,” said Adebayo. “We might go to some games and we might view the campus. They use their big men a lot. They feed them a lot and they go through their big men a lot which I like.”
According to Adebayo’s mentor, Eric Peartree, they are “supposed to (attend), but it’s not confirmed yet.”
Roy Williams started the live recruiting period off in late April with multiple viewings of the rising junior big man from Pinetown (N.C.) Northside. Subsequent to the first EYBL tournament in Sacramento, Roy Williams extended a scholarship offer.
“He usually talks to my mentor,” Adebayo noted about discussions with Roy Williams. “We talked after the offer three times, I think.
Adebayo spent the spring and summer playing for the Virginia-based Boo Williams AAU team where he helped lead them to an AAU National Championship in Louisville and the semifinals at the prestigious Peach Jam. Throughout the AAU season, Adebayo averaged 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting 59.1 percent from the floor against competition that was usually one class older.
“I don’t really think age is a factor, it’s about who is out there and who is ready to go,” noted Adebayo. “The best players I’ve gone against have been Ben Simmons, Thon Maker, and Daniel Giddens, but that’s about it.”
The improvement in his skill-set was noticeable during his team’s opening 120-85 win over China in the Global Challenge.
“I’ve gotten more aggressive,” said Adebayo. “Ball handling is getting better. My motor is getting better. I’m shooting the ball well and I’ve been making a lot of free throws.”
In a game that was dominated by guard play, Adebayo still made an impact, attacking the glass and being aggressive in the post. He grabbed three offensive rebounds and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line. In addition to his play down low, Adebayo also hit a two-dribble step back jump shot from 12 feet to finish with 13 points and six rebounds.
“I think I played good,” said Adebayo. “The intensity was there. We got good ball movement but we just have to get more chemistry. I realized if we don’t rebound we aren’t going to win, although it was China, not that they are bad or anything, but when we play better opponents we all have to rebound.