By Seth Tow
Former St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams, who hopes to be selected in the NBA Draft June 18, told
Glenn Clark Radio
June 14 that he wants to become the next Baltimore product to make it in the NBA.
"Everybody knows everybody in the city -- I'll expand it past the city, in Maryland," Adams said. "It's just a basketball fraternity. I feel like everybody knows everybody. Everybody kind of shows support for everybody when somebody can make it because, like I said, there's a lot of people who don't. I definitely look forward to being a part of that list of names that did make it. And I'm prepared for any route I got to take to get there. "
Adams, 22, has had workouts with the Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and Washington Wizards. He said he felt good about his workout in Washington and he'd enjoy playing closer to home where his friends and family could regularly watch him play.
The Mount St. Joseph product delivered a memorable senior year at St. Bonaventure. Adams was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year and an Associated Press honorable mention All-American. He averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game, all team highs, while playing 37 minutes per contest. He shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range and 85.1 percent at the free-throw line.
Adams said he represents his hometown through the tough mentality with which he plays despite his undersized, 6-foot-2,185-pound frame.
"You got to be tough," Adams said. "You got to bring everything you got to every game, everywhere you go -- to every pickup game, to every practice. I think it's just a different toughness in that area. It comes with everybody from the area. I think that the size is just a part of it. And the intangibles and the get-it-done mentality is just something that comes along with everybody from that part. "
Adams finished sixth on St. Bonaventure's career scoring list with 1,912 points -- the top mark among guards in program history. He was a first-team All-Conference player for three consecutive seasons.
Adams comes from an athletic family. His father, Darryl, played football for Maryland and his mother, Yalonda, played basketball at Wesley College. His younger brother, Brendan, will join UConn's men's basketball team in the fall after flipping from Rhode Island. Though Adams and his brother played football as kids, Darryl never pushed the pair toward football.
Having a father who was a former athlete was beneficial for Adams as he developed into a Division I prospect.
"Just going through that process, it's not an easy process, especially when you're deciding between schools," Adams said. "And just being able to lean on him a little bit for a little advice. It's definitely big for me and my brother."
St. Bonaventure beat Maryland last Nov. 24, but Adams didn't play due to injury. Since he wasn't recruited by the Terps, the game would've been personal for him -- although he doesn't fault Maryland for overlooking him since he was undersized. However, he thinks the area has a lot of hidden talent for colleges to unearth.
"I feel like there are a lot of schools in that area that really need to just look in their backyard for more talent," Adams said. "I feel like they do a lot of reaching in other places, but the Maryland area just has so much hidden talent, and if you can go out and find it, you'll be real pleased with the recruits you'll get as a college coach."
For more from Adams, listen to the full interview here:
Photo Credit: Courtesy of St. Bonaventure Athletics