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Pittsburgh Center Steven Adams Would Be Wise to Return to School Next Season

Charles LeClaire-USA Today Sports

The debate over a prospect’s potential can always be an interesting one.

For Pittsburgh center Steven Adams, the decision should be an easy one once this season comes to a conclusion. The 7-foot freshman needs to return to the Panthers next year.

There is no denying the potential that Adams has. His size, age and outright production could be more than valuable to one NBA franchise down the line, but it’s best to probably let that potential come to him. In fact, Adams had so much hype heading into his freshman season at Pittsburgh that not many Panther fans were sure how long he would be a member of the program for. Well, hopefully they get him a little bit longer than they bargained for.

Adams is a legitimate NBA prospect, there is no arguing that, but after some preseason hype dubbed him as a potential one-and-done performer within the Big East Conference, things have slowly began to settle into a more realistic reality. On the season, Adams is averaging 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He’s been a wonderful addition for head coach Jamie Dixon this season, as the Panthers continue to roar up the AP Top 25 rankings.

With Adams anchoring the paint, the Panthers are better, but it’s a team effort that could potentially make Pittsburgh a difficult out within the NCAA Tournament.

As for his down the line potential however, Adams has a bright future, but one more year at least at the collegiate level could be even more beneficial for him. Originally, it appeared as if Adams could be a top ten selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. However, Adams is currently ranked as the 29th best prospect on the 2013 big board at NBADraft.net. He’s most recently dropped 13 spots in that ranking. A monster sophomore season could certainly jettison him back into the lottery aspect of the draft a year from now.

However, that’s not to say that Adams doesn’t have a bright future, it’s to say that he may be better off returning to Pittsburgh next season.

Undoubtedly, Panther fans would be thrilled to have him back, as well. There is no denying that.

 

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