Self sees elite potential in Adams
Anrio Adams
Phog.net
Posted Jul 5, 2012


Seattle Rainier Beach guard Anrio Adams committed to Kansas in November, but questions regarding his academic situation led many to wonder if he would ever make it to campus. This week, the ultra-athletic combo guard put those questions to rest and arrived in Lawrence, Kan. on Wednesday night. Thursday, Head Coach Bill Self commented on his latest acquisition.

As a senior during the 2011-2012 season, Anrio Adams helped lead "The Beach" to a Washington Class 3A state championship, and his 21 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game earned him Associated Press 3A state Player of the Year honors.

Explosively athletic with deep range on his jumper, he possesses all the necessary tools to succeed in Bill Self's system at Kansas. The Jayhawks head honcho called him a talented combo guard with the potential to become "an elite guard."

"Anrio has been committed to us since the fall," he explained, via press release. "We elected not to sign him until he tightened up everything academically. He has done that and we're very, very excited about having him here. He'll take classes this summer session and will be able to participate beginning immediately in all the workouts that will proceed from this point forward."

Self praised Adams' coaching at the hands of Rainier Beach's Mike Bethea, with whom the Kansas program is very familiar. In fact, former Jayhawk Rod Stewart - a member of the 2008 national championship squad - hailed from Rainier Beach.

Bethea is extremely high on his protege's ability.

"Anrio's best basketball is ahead of him," he said. "He has a ton of talent and with him going to KU and listening to Coach Self and the coaching staff, the sky is the limit."

Adams joins a sizable freshman class that also includes Milton Doyle, Perry Ellis, Landon Lucas, Zach Peters and Andrew White - as well as redshirts Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor.

Though only four significant contributors return from last season's national runner up, Self is excited by the possibilities his new roster presents.

"I love the makeup of this team and especially the newcomers," he said. "This is going to be a young group that will rely heavily on the senior leadership of Elijah (Johnson), Travis (Releford), Jeff (Withey) and Kevin (Young) since they are the only players back with experience."



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