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Is Pittsburgh Panthers’ Steven Adams Decision to Go Pro the Right One?

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Pittsburgh Panthers’ Steven Adams has decided to go pro just after one season in college, but is this the right decision?

Any time you don’t dominate college basketball, let alone your conference, you have no business going to the NBA after one season. Adams may be a great player in the pros and his 7-foot stature probably has NBA scouts jumping with joy, but he could definitely use some more work in college.

In 23.4 minutes per game, Adams averaged 7.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game, which is pretty impressive, but Adams did not really blow anyone away. He was a great center, but he definitely was not the best in the nation, not even by a long shot if you ask me.

However, Adams’ 13 points and 11 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament against the Wichita State Shockers was pretty good and I am sure that will help his stock out a little bit.

Just like most centers leaving college early for the draft, though, Adams could use some more work on his offensive game. The most points Adams scored in a game was 16, which was against a team that you wouldn’t even remember if I told you.

I am not saying that Adams is a bad player and maybe he will do great at the next level, but he had no business going pro this early in his college career. Thanks to his big man size, though, Adams will probably go relatively high in the 2013 NBA Draft and making the big bucks is always nice, so at least there is that.

 

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