Horn, Gamecocks target Tar Heel State guard
Garrius Adams, who measures in at an athletic and rangy 6'5", 185 pounds, has had a strong summer on the AAU circuit, and he has garnered early scholarship offers from South Carolina, Miami, East Carolina, and High Point. He's also hearing from Wake Forest, Texas A&M, USF, UCF, Tulane, and Providence.
According to Adams, the most recent school to extend an offer his way was South Carolina, and he's already somewhat familiar with what the Gamecocks have to offer.
"South Carolina offered me over the weekend when I was in Augusta," said an enthusiastic Adams. "I was really interested in South Carolina before because I always thought I could fit in at a school like that. They just got a new coach, and I'm supposed to be talking to him sometime (Tuesday night) to see how I could fit into their playing style and everything."
New USC Coach Darrin Horn places an emphasis on finding long, active defenders, smooth shooters, and unselfish playmakers to run his up-tempo system, and Adams certainly fits that mold.
"Most coaches start off by saying I'm very long, and I know how to get in the passing lanes on defense," replied Adams when asked what skill-set he brings to the court. "On offense I'm a good perimeter shooter, and I can create a lot of plays for my teammates. Most coaches see me as a combo-guard. I can dribble and create, and I know how to score at the same time."
Another aspect of Adams' game that makes him attractive to college coaches is his versatility. The Tar Heel State product believes he can play a combination of shooting guard, small forward, or even point guard on the college level.
"I think I can play any combination of the three (positions). I could fit in any spot where my team needs me. That really helps my game and gives me a lot of options."
Adams' Garner Road AAU Team has enjoyed a successful summer thanks in large part to his estimated 20 points per game average, but the humble prospect says it's been a team effort on the hardwood.
"Our team is doing a really, really good job this summer, especially getting me open off screens. We run a lot of plays towards me. What I think I do best is create plays for my teammates. They create plays for me too, and we've just been working good back and forth this summer. It's been a really good team effort."
With recruiting heating up for Adams and more schools certain to jump into the mix, the 3-star prospect isn't in a hurry to name any favorites in the race for his services.
"I really don't have any leaders right now. Every school is just about the same."
Adams has not yet had the opportunity to visit any of the schools pursuing him with the exception of an unofficial visit to Wake Forest back in June, but he plans to take all five of his official visits before coming to a final decision by the start of his senior season.
"I haven't really thought much about (which schools I'll visit) yet, but I know I have five (official visits) to take. Once I sit down with my parents and figure out my five top schools, I'll try to make my visits," he said. "I really would like to make a final decision before my season starts for basketball. That's not too far from now, but it won't be too soon either."
When the time comes, Adams knows several key factors that he'll look for when ultimately deciding on his college choice.
"I would like to be very comfortable with both the coaches and the players. I'm going to be there for four years so I want to be comfortable with the campus, the students, the classes, and everything. The style of play is important too. I have to know the offense and how I would get open and everything. I'll look at a lot."
Stay tuned to GamecockAnthem.com for all the latest on Adams' recruitment, as well as continuing updates on other top USC basketball targets.
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