The top available prospect still undecided in Arizona's loaded 2014 class is Westview High School's superb 6-foot-9 senior post prospect Andre Adams. Considered as the top available unsigned post prospect in the country by many national scouting services and media outlets across the country, Adams took his time in reaching a decision for his future. While looking over his recruiting options and awaiting a report on his academic progress, Adams has made his decision for the immediate future - deciding on attending an elite-level prep school in Florida.
This week, after careful consideration on many different possibilities and being recruited by numerous top-rated junior college programs across the country, Adams decided to leave the state of Arizona next year - electing to attend a post-graduate year at IMG Academy in Florida next fall and making him now a 2015 college prospect. Immediately, Adams becomes one of the hottest 2015 prospects in America. IMG Academy is widely known nationally for developing some of the nation's elite level high school prospects, as the program has very impressive facilities and resources for their athletes.
According to Adams’ club coaches, Kenny Mullins and Gino Crump with the Arizona Magic Elite, Adams worked extremely hard over the past two years to raise his academic performance - through the help of a village, as his high school coaching staff and family members gave him a lot of inspiration along the way. After posting good grades this school year, Adams has raised his overall core GPA grade average, and now seems to just need a test score from the SAT or ACT college entrance examination to become eligible for division-I athletics - something he should be able to get done at IMG next season.
Currently, Adams is receiving strong interest from such college programs as Arizona State, Texas, USC, UNLV, San Diego State and Grand Canyon – each school hoping to land the talented prospect when he qualifies.
An almost unknown prospect before the beginning of the 2012 AAU/club season, Adams emerged as one of the elite young prospects in the West after a strong spring and summer two years ago. Since then, Adams has tried to maintain his national success and attention. The son of former NBA star guard Lewis Lloyd (Houston Rockets), Adams has a big-time future ahead of him, as he is very long and rangy and still growing a great deal. Adams’ serious length and versatility as a player are very intriguing for a post prospect and he is still growing into his body.
Unlike many top-rated prospects who, often times, peak early, Adams’ best years are well ahead of him. Possessing a thin, long frame, Adams has a left-handed shooting stroke and is capable of playing either with his back to the basket or while facing the basket out to three-point distance. He can put the basketball on the floor and get to the basket and finish strong, while also being an active rebounder and shotblocker that recovers quickly, and with excellent timing. Adams is currently at his best as a defensive stopper around the paint and has a striking resemblance as a player to former North HS and Arizona State product Tommie Smith.
Adams has developed a great deal and is coming off a very strong spring showing. Adams will continue to play this summer with his club program before leaving for the Florida-based prep program.
This is a major decision by one of the country's elite-level prospects, and our staff here at Arizona Preps is very proud of Adams' development as a player and young man.