As a member of one of the nation’s top AAU basketball programs, Central Gwinnett’s Jordan Adams has gotten used to doing plenty of traveling during the summer.
And after leading the Black Knights to a historic season, the Daily Post second-team All-County forward will continue to be on the move, culminating with his transfer to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., for his junior season beginning in August.
It is the latest development in what has been a busy summer for Adams, who has been among the leading scorers for his AAU team, the 16U Atlanta Celtics.
He was named Most Valuable Player of the Real Deal in the Rock tournament in Little Rock, Ark., in April and to the All-Tournament Team at the Bob Gibbons tournament a month later in Chapel Hill, N.C., in helping the Celtics (30-1 this spring and summer) to both titles.
The tourneys also helped him be noticed by the coaching staff at Oak Hill, one of nation’s top basketball programs.
Adams confirmed Wednesday his intention to transfer to the Virginia prep school.
Leaving his friends and teammates at Central wasn’t an easy decision for him to make, especially after leading the team in scoring (18.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg), plus dishing out 2.8 assists in helping the Black Knights (29-3) to the Region 8-AAAAA championship and their first Final Four appearance in eight years as a sophomore.
But it is a choice he is comfortable with.
“It’s a good decision because I’ll get to play against great competition year-round,” Adams said of playing at Oak Hill, which boasts eight national titles and regularly plays a schedule of upward of 40 games around the country per season.
It’s also a decision Central coach David Allen said he understands.
“I hate it for Central Gwinnett and the community, but it’s probably the best decision for him,” Allen said. “It’s hard to turn down an opportunity to play at a program like (Oak Hill). I wish him the best of luck.”
Adams’ transfer to Oak Hill, in addition to his performance this summer, may also raise his profile in the college recruitment process.
Having recently passed the first day he is allowed to receive contact from college coaches under NCAA rules, he has already heard from representatives from at least 15 different programs, including Georgia, Florida and Providence.
That number figures to grow after Adams, who was recently rated No. 16 in ESPNU’s Super 60 among the nation’s rising juniors, competes for the U.S. Class of 2012 team at the adidas Nations showcase Aug. 6-9 in Chicago.
There, his team, along with teams from eight other regions of the world, will take part in more training and tournament competition, something he is most looking forward to out of the entire adidas Nations program.
“The experience playing against international competition and having the chance to impress NBA scouts who will be there is big,” said Adams, who is now listed at 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds. “Just to be able to play will be the most fun.”
Initially invited to be among a pool of 22 players nationwide to tryout for the adidas Nations Class of 2012 team this past spring in Orlando, Fla., Adams was selected to be on the final 15-player roster, and has since been to training sessions in Las Vegas in May and Portland, Ore., last month.
“It was good experience playing against other good players from around the country,” Adams said. “Some of those guys are the No. 1 player in their class, but I think I did pretty well. ... I think my defense got better and I was passing the ball a lot more.”
Those skills, along with his long-range shooting ability, really helped Adams catch the eyes of some of the NBA veterans, coaches and players — both past and present — who were in attendance during the team’s most recent training session in Portland.
“He can score,” said Eddie Johnson, an 18-year NBA veteran and one of the team’s coaches, in a release on the adidas Nations website. “When you can score like he can, you have the green light (to shoot) every time.”