Center, 7-0, 240, Rotorua, New Zealand/Notre Dame Academy (Mass.)/Scots College/Wellington Elite
An explosive, powerful and versatile athlete at 7-0 tall, Steven Adams is a center whose best attributes include his aggressiveness, non-stop motor, blue collar work ethic and desire to train every day. Adams is fluid and explosive, quick off his feet and is a big time leaper. He has immense physical tools with long arms and great hands to go along with a huge wingspan. He makes the game look easy from making pinpoint outlet passes to blocking shots. On offense, he has strong low post fundamentals, stellar touch around the basket and displays a nice jump hook. He can stay in the low post and score or step out, face up from 15 feet and comfortably knock down mid-range jumpers. Defensively, Adams will clearly be a presence in the paint with his physical tools. He plays rugged basketball on both ends of the floor and doesn't stray from the paint. A strong, physical rebounder who is active on the offensive boards, he is also not afraid to throw his body around in the paint to make his presence felt. Adams is a consensus top-10 national recruit.
Beginning in January, 2012, will play a postgraduate season at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. for head coach Ryan Hurd...On pace to graduate from Scots College in Wellington, New Zealand in December...Played for Team Asia in the 2012 adidas Nations Tournament, held August 5-7 in Los Angeles, Calif....Led the tournament in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 22 points and 16.8 rebounds per game over the five-game event...Added 20 points and 24 rebounds vs. Team USA Red...Finished with 11 points and five rebounds vs. Team Africa...Scored 37 points with 14 rebounds in a loss to Team USA Blue...Finished with 12 points and 20 rebounds vs. Team USA Red...Contributed 19 points and nine rebounds vs. Australia...In 2011, competed for the New Zealand National Basketball League's Wellington Exodus Saints team coached by Pero Cameron...Helped lead the Saints to a NBL title with a championship game win over Hawke's Bay and a 13-3 regular season record...Averaged 5.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 12.0 minutes per game while seeing action in 15 contests...NCAA rules allow for players to compete for a professional team provided that they do not get paid...Notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in his second game with the Wellington Saints...Scored 14 points in his first Wellington Saints contest during a 90-87 win over the Waikato Pistons...Has played club basketball for four years with the Wellington Under-19 team coached by Kenny McFadden...Guided his club team to two national titles...As a 16-year old, led Wellington to the Under-19 national title after scoring 33 points and grabbing 23 rebounds in a 98-75 win over North Harbour...Named tournament MVP...As a 15-year old, led the Wellington Under-17 team to the title with 19 points in the championship game en route to tournament MVP honors...Participated in the adidas Nations Camp in Chicago in August, 2010...While playing for the Latin America Team, led the tournament in rebounding with 11.3 rpg., which was over three rebounds more than any other player...Also averaged 8.3 points per game, which ranked fourth on his Latin America Team...Scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds vs. Team USA...Played in a Las Vegas summer tournament in late July, 2010...Averaged 15.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per game and registered six triple doubles (points-rebounds-blocks) in the Las Vegas event...Played in the Bartercard All-Star Game...Ranked the nation's No. 4 recruit and No. 2 center by Rivals.com...Ranked the nation's No. 7 recruit by Scout.com...Rated the nation's No. 9 recruit by 247Sports...Rated the No. 28 recruit and fifth-best center prospect by NBE Basketball.
Selected to play for the New Zealand National Team in the Stankovic Cup in China...Will be eligible to compete in the FIBA Oceania Tournament for the right to represent Oceania in the 2012 Olympic Games...Selected to represent New Zealand on the Under-20 National Team but declined the offer...Selected to play for the New Zealand Under-17 National Team as a 15-year old for Head Coach Nenad Vucinic...As a 15-year old, started at center for New Zealand in the 2009 FIBA Oceania Under-17 Championships...Averaged 2.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots while matching up against older players...Competed in the World Youth Championships...Named the WYC Player of the Tournament...As a 17-year old, played on the Under-19 New Zealand National Team.
Born Steven Adams on July 28, 1993...Son of Sid Adams...Nicknamed the "Kiwi Phenom"...One of 18 siblings, six of whom played basketball for New Zealand...All of his brothers stand around 6-10 or 6-11 in height and his sisters are 6-5 or 6-6 tall...Following his father's death at age 13, Adams took to the streets in Rotorua...His older brother Warren rescued him from the streets as a 14-year old kid...Half-sister is Valerie Kasanita Vili-Adams, the 2008 Olympic champion and back-to-back, three-time world champion in the shot put...Vili-Adams won the 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medal with a 21.07m throw...Guided by caregiver, personal trainer and legal guardian Blossom Cameron...Father is of English descent and his mother is Tongan...Dixon heard about Adams through New Zealand Development Officer for Basketball Kenny McFadden ...McFadden, Dixon and Adams' brother all played professional basketball together in New Zealand from 1987-89...McFadden played collegiately at Washington State for coach George Raveling...Dixon also played with Adams' older brother...Has played basketball for only five years...An advisor, Doug Corbin introduced him to the game of basketball...Wears size 19 shoes.