It seemed as if the UCLA Bruins had a wealth of young talent on their squad from this past season. Jordan Adams grouped with Zach LaVine and Kyle Anderson provided one of the best young trios in the nation, but they didn’t want to give it another year together and all decided to enter the NBA draft.
Adams, however, claimed that he would be staying for his junior year before changing his mind shortly after and breaking the hearts of many Bruins fans everywhere. How would you feel if your team’s top scorer and second-leading rebounder said he was coming back and then changed his mind and left? Yeah, not so good.
All drama aside, Adams was considered a late-first round pick when he declared, but his recent performance in the ongoing NBA combine might help his stock a bit — maybe even shooting him to the early-to-mid 20s.
Adams improved his shooting percentage drastically from his freshman season to his sophomore year. Shooting 44 percent from the field his freshman year to 48 percent his sophomore year was just as impressive as him raising his three-point percentage about five percent as well.
Many scouts were doubtful of his long-range shot going into this year’s draft, but a solid 17-25 performance from three-point range during a combine drill sure silenced many critics.
On top of his great shooting performance, Adams also dropped a few pounds and leaned up a bit.
Many are talking about him as well as teammate Zach LaVine as two guys with continually-rising draft stocks because of their solid showing at the combine.
Watch out for these guys in June’s draft.
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