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Pittsburgh Freshman Steven Adams to Declare For The 2013 NBA Draft

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To no real surprise, Pittsburgh freshman forward Steven Adams has declared for the2013 NBA Draft.

Adams, who stands at 7-feet tall, is an original native of New Zealand. He burst onto the scene over a year ago, committing to Pittsburgh and ending his high school career as a top ten prospect. In his lone season at Pittsburgh, Adams averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

While his numbers won’t necessarily jump out at anyone in particular, Adams is young and more of a prospect than an instant impact performer. Adams has great touch around the rim and his size is simply unteachable. One NBA franchise will certainly take a chance on Adams and if he can mold and develop quickly, he could certainly have a nice professional career.

Adams had a pretty good showing in the Panthers’ NCAA Tournament loss to Wichita State. Pittsburgh lost to the Shockers in the 8/9 match-up of the West Region, but Adams did score 13 points and grab 11 rebounds in the contest.

Adams is widely considered as a first round selection and given his family situation, his decision was one that certainly can be supported. Adams lost his father when he was 14 years old and is one of 19 children. He is making the decision to go pro and enter the NBA Draft in order to help supporting his family.

According to NBADraft.net, Adams is projected to be selected with the No. 24 pick. Adams has the ability to go anywhere in the mid-to-late first round.

 

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