Staff Photo: Jason Braverman. UCLA commit Jordan Adams had a strong season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia after leaving Central Gwinnett following the Black Knights' Final Four appearance.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Jordan Adams has gotten used to traveling throughout the United States each summer.
And with the Lawrenceville resident and former Central Gwinnett basketball standout in the midst of another busy summer, it would be easy for him to get a little homesick.
However, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound wing has gotten used to life on the road, especially after transferring to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va., almost a year ago.
Playing a national schedule has given him plenty of experience traveling.
More importantly, living at the boarding school near Virginia's border with North Carolina and Tennessee has given the rising senior a preview of what life in college is going to be like.
"It was different," said Adams, who will cap a busy summer that has included several AAU Tournaments with the Atlanta Celtics by attending the adidas Nations camp and tournament Aug. 4-8 in Los Angeles. "Playing with a lot of guys from different parts of the country. Living on campus. How many times we got to play on television. We played five TV games. It was great because it's just like college. You do all your homework even when you're on the road. I liked traveling."
Adams certainly had better get used to being on the road. The rising senior gave a verbal commitment to UCLA's basketball program in June.
He chose the Bruins over similar offers from several schools, including Georgia, deciding that the school's Los Angeles campus felt like home.
That feeling of home may also get stronger with the presence of his Atlanta Celtics coach Korey McCray, who recently accepted an assistant coaching job at UCLA.
"The tradition and alumni -- it's a great school," Adams said of UCLA, winner of 11 national championships. "I loved that atmosphere. I like the coaches. I'm happy to get my recruiting done."
While Adams' experience at Oak Hill has benefited him in preparing for college life, he believes it has also helped his game.
While he had an outstanding sophomore season at Central in 2009-10 -- earning second-team All-County honors from the Daily Post after averaging 18.8 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game in helping the Black Knights to their first state Final Four appearance since 2002 -- his junior season at Oak Hill was just as strong.
He averaged around 15 points per game and led a star-studded Warriors team in rebounding (6.8 rpg) and free-throw shooting (89.5 percent) while playing his natural position on the wing.
"At Central, I was one of the tallest players on the team, so I had to play in the post sometimes," Adams said. "(At Oak Hill), I was able to play my regular position and be on the wing."
Adams hopes his comfort level will grow further during his senior season this winter, and is hoping his summer will help springboard himself and Oak Hill to an even higher level.
"I want (Oak Hill) to win a national championship," Adams said. "And I want to keep my grades up and just get ready for college."