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August 9, 2011

Well, I won’t bury the lead in this. In a story that gushes over Steven Adams is this big, big nugget.

Adams is set to graduate High School in New Zealand at the end of this year and will then transfer to Notre Dame Prep for the 2011-12 season to gain some American high school experience. He becomes eligible to play for Pittsburgh in 2012-13.

This is very big. This is primarily about getting his eligibility in order. Make sure he gets the tutoring and help needed to prepare and get the qualifying score he needs for an SAT. And to make sure his grades are proper.

There will be additional excitement since he will be getting some top competition playing at ND Prep. If you obsess over the ratings for recruiting, his further exposure in the US should push him to 4 or 5-star ratings.

The other factor about ND Prep. Pitt assistant Bill Barton was the head coach and principal there until 2006. Khem Birch, of course, played there last season. In other words, yes, there will be some other schools that will try to nose about for Adams, but it sure looks like he was rather safely placed there for Pitt.

Resume gushing:

How good is Adams? He has a real chance to be a “one and done” top 3-5 pick in the 2013 draft. And if NBA scouts had been allowed to be in attendance this week at adidas Nations, the buzz around this kid would be out of control right now.

Adams has become the #1 international prospect out there and will be the top center prospect in college the minute he steps on the court at Pittsburgh. (Andre Drummond is considered a PF and also not likely to ever step foot on a college campus.)

An enormous coup for Jamie Dixon and Pitt, he’s the type of talent that would instantly turn a number of solid NCAA squads into top 25 teams.

Jeff Goodman over at CBS Sports also gushed and dreamed of a special squad.

Pittsburgh’s front-line is going to be downright terrifying in 2012.

Just imagine a scenario of senior Dante Taylor, sophomores Khem Birch and Malcolm Gilbert along with then-freshman Steven Adams.

Adams, if you haven’t heard by now, may have been the best player out in the adidas nations event this past weekend in Los Angeles.

Andre Drummond was there. So were Kaleb Tarczewski and Isaiah Austin.

Those are arguably the three best big men in the Class of 2011.

“If the kid played in the U.S., without question he’d be in the discussion with the best players in the country,” ESPN television analyst Sean Farnham told me of Adams on Sunday night. “You can put him up there with Drummond, Shabazz (Muhammad), Isaiah Austin.”

Farnham said he left adidas nations more impressed by the 7-foot New Zealander, who went for 37 points and 14 boards on Saturday, than anyone else.

“He’s going to be a star in college,” added Farnham, a former UCLA player. “A bonafide star. He’ll step right in from day one and make an impact.”

Now, if Pitt can land a top notch point guard to go with Adams…





so excited

Comment by Snala The Panther 08.09.11 @ 6:41 pm

I am incredibly pumped about this guy.

link to youtube.com

Check out 1:45

Comment by Krayz 08.09.11 @ 6:58 pm

This kid is a STUD.

Comment by omar 08.09.11 @ 9:12 pm

Just hope he qualifies and doesn’t go straight to the NBA.

Comment by San Diego Panther '69 08.09.11 @ 11:28 pm

Wow, so the hype was right. Hell, this exceeds the previous hype. Hopefully we can keep the kid, seems like a lucky blue chip for us.

Comment by tacocat 08.10.11 @ 1:34 am

[…] Steve Adams Heading to America Soon: “Well, I won’t bury the lead in this. In a story that gushes over Steven Adams is this big, big nugget. ‘Adams is set to graduate High School in New Zealand at the end of this year and will then transfer to Notre Dame Prep for the 2011-12 season to gain some American high school experience. He becomes eligible to play for Pittsburgh in 2012-13.’” (Pitt Blather) […]


They are saying he could be a 5 star recruit by the time he gets to pitt.

Comment by Snala The Panther 08.10.11 @ 9:33 am

Highlight films being what they are (they don’t film the bad, not so good and average plays), it is hard to put in perspective what I saw on one brief highlight u-tube–But, I saw the best low post move by an 18 year old 7-footer since I saw Kareem (when he was still Lew Alcindor) make a similar move in a high school prelim to a NY Knick game in the old madison Square Garden (circa 1961-62).

Comment by pitt1972 08.10.11 @ 10:01 am

Forget 5-star, he could be the #1 prospect in the world this time next year

Comment by Jamie H 08.10.11 @ 10:20 am

Comment by Chris 08.12.11 @ 4:36 am

hes already considered by some to be the best player in his class in the world and a year of usa ball wpould only improve the # of believers. this type of recruit NEVER comes to pitt. they better make damn sure they take advantage of the situation

Comment by pat 08.14.11 @ 8:30 pm

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