I admit it, I overlooked Jordan Adams. I left him out of my top Pac-12 Freshmen to Watch because I felt that while he’s talented, he wouldn’t have make as much impact right away as other freshmen would do.
While UCLA deals with Shabazz Muhammad being declared ineligible by the NCAA, Adams showed his value off the bench with 21 points off the bench in the Bruins win over Indiana State.
Adams, a four-star recruit out of Georgia, also added seven rebounds in his 22 minutes of action. When I saw those numbers after the game, I was pleased because I admit I overlooked what he could bring to the team.
On most squads, Adams would be the premier freshman on the team. For UCLA, he’s slightly behind the radar compared to McDonald’s All-Americans Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker. Yet I was proved wrong Friday in underestimating his value.
I spoke with somebody over the weekend who’s followed Adams since high school. He felt that he would be a very solid college player because of his shooting and fundamentals. He’s perhaps the freshman most likely to stick around for three or four years as his upside could see him emerge as a leader.
At this point, he could develop into one of the best reserves in the Pac-12 and will help the Bruins contend with the depth of Arizona. I don’t think Adams will score 20+ points every few games but as perhaps the team’s best long-range shooter, he could be a solid contributor.