There was a season-opening 47-point, 23-rebound exhibition in Pinetown (N.C.) Northside’s win at Washington (N.C.) High School.
Thirty-three points and 15 rebounds in Northside’s victory over Pantego (N.C.) Terra Ceia Christian.
A 41-point, 19-rebound game in front of Roy Williams and UNC assistant Steve Robinson.
Northside head coach Michael Proctor knows what’s fueling Adebayo’s dynamic performances during this - his junior - season.
“He’s just a lot more aggressive on the offensive end,” Proctor said. “He’s hitting jump shots now. He’s not going out to the three, but he’s really, really improved offensively. He’s so much better than he was last year.”
In addition, the soft-spoken Adebayo has the new-found confidence to be a vocal leader for the Panthers. He’s telling teammates where to be on defense, calling for the ball in the post and working in concert with Proctor.
“He can control the game just through his defense and rebounding,” said Proctor. “He’s always led, but now he’s doing it by talking when he’s out there. He’s always worked hard so that hasn’t changed. He’s coming out of his shell a little bit more and he’s just growing up some, which you would expect.”
For the season, Adebayo is averaging 38 points, 22 rebounds, four blocks and four steals per game.
Proctor said several schools have been through Pinetown to watch and visit with his class of 2016 star this fall.
“It’s been pretty busy,” he said. “North Carolina, N.C. State, Kansas, Florida State and Villanova have all been in. We’ve had a lot of calls. Everyone is interested him, which I understand. He works so hard and is a good kid.”
Williams and Robinson visited for the game against Kill Devil Hills (N.C.) First Flight on Dec. 10.
“They said they like what they’re seeing,” Proctor said. “It isn't really one thing in particular they’re interested in, they just like what they see in general. When they came in the fall they had a long sit down with him, but they just watched the game, spoke and left in December. They don’t want to interfere or get in everyone’s way on a game day.”
During conversations with Proctor and college coaches, Adebayo has said he doesn’t plan on making a decision until his senior season.
“He’s going to try and narrow it down this summer to four or five schools,” Proctor explained. “He might even make the decision at the end of the summer or going into senior year. Basically everyone has already offered, so I don’t think he’s all of a sudden going to make a decision now, but I don’t know.”
“I’m just telling him to go with his heart,” he continued. “I’m not going to push him to one school over the other. I think Bam is going to make the final call.”
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