April 3, 2013
PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh freshman center Steven Adams (Rotorua, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep, Mass.) announced on Tuesday that he will make himself available for the 2013 NBA Draft. Adams intends to sign with an agent.
“In discussing options with my family and Coach Dixon, I feel that it is in my best interest to declare for the NBA Draft,” Adams said. “I want to thank everyone at Pitt including my teammates, coaching staff, the administration and the fans who have all supported me over the last year.”
“After talking with Steven and his family, we fully support him in this decision,” Pitt Coach Jamie Dixon said. “We support him in choosing to pursue his dreams and in having the opportunity to provide for his family back in New Zealand. We will continue to stay involved in the process and he will always be a part of the Pitt Basketball family.”
A Big East All-Rookie Team selection, Adams led Pitt in blocked shots (65), rebounding (6.3 rpg.) and field goal percentage (.571), while also contributing 7.2 points per game. While starting all 32 of his games played in 2012-13, Adams totaled two double-doubles, six double figure scoring games and five 10-plus rebound games. He concluded his freshman season ranked among school freshman season leaders in several statistical categories including games started (2nd), field goal percentage (1st), rebounds (6th), rebound average (7th), percentage of starts (1st), blocked shots (2nd) and blocked shots average (3rd).
The 2013 NBA Draft is scheduled for June 27 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.