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Wyoming 84 – Colorao State 66

February 21, 2016

Colorado native Josh Adams, clad in the brown and gold of Border rival Wyoming, ate the Rams’ children as he rolled to a 37 point, 8 rebound, 7 assist performance.

I didn’t go to the game. I gave my seats to a guy who helps around the house as a handyman.  Because I could see this one coming a mile away.  My only regret is that it would be the last time for me to see Adams who has made himself into an outstanding player. Not Jimmer outstanding but certainly MWC Player of the Year worthy.

Adams was a lightly recruited player coming out of Chaparral High School in Parker.  I first became aware of him after talking to someone who did recruit him.  This assistant coach told me about a guy who he believed was a high-D1 athlete with raw skills that lots of programs didn’t want to touch because he was considered a loose cannon.  This assistant worked in conference well below the Mountain West.

And then Larry Shyatt happened to find Adams, offered him,and off Adams went to Laramie.  The rest is history. Kind of.  Because in his four years Adams, through hard work and nurturing from a coaching staff that knows how to develop players, went from raw athletic loose cannon to complete player and leader.

Adams played right away in Laramie and had nights where he was completely lost.  Probably the worst game of his career was the first time he set foot in Moby Arena when he scored 0 and turned the ball over 3 times as the Rams rolled all over the Pokes.  His athleticism was apparent but for his freshman year he shot 44% from 2-point range, 23% from 3-point range, and 64% from the free throw line.

Hardly the numbers that would allow you to think he would become a superstar.

But somewhere along the way Adams was able to harness his athleticism, his coaching staff was able to show him how he could get better, and the kid took it to heart.

His transformation and development over 4 years of play at Wyoming is nothing short of incredible as he improved measurably in all important areas in almost each and every year.

His 2-point shooting numbers are the only ones that don’t show linear growth- .441, .538, .519, .495

His 3-point numbers – .225, .307, .331, .376

His Free Throw numbers – .637, .736, .743, .823

His Assist Rate – 12.2, 21.8, 27.5, 32.4

His Defensive Rebound Rate – 5.0, 9.2, 10.7, 15.8

I think you’re getting the message.  You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the country who has shown this astounding development over four years. 

So this is my way of giving Josh Adams the standing ovation he deserves from all fans around the Mountain West.  He finished his career 5-3 vs CSU on a five-game winning streak against his rivals after being on the wrong end of the score in his first three. 

And as a CSU fan, one can only hope that Adams’ legacy is that he put the final nail in the coffin of their current coach who needs to be put out to pasture.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Judge Smails permalink
    February 21, 2016 1:42 pm

    How about a blog on the possible replacements for LE? That would be interesting.

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