“I'm a high-energy guy, running the lane,” Adams said when asked how he'll be able to succeed as an NBA player. “I like transition, running up and down (the court), stuff like that, also just being physical. I'm working on my post game now, so that's eventually going to come around. I don't think I'll go out and straight-away dominate, but I will dominate certain tasks that they put me up to.”
Asked which NBA player he would like to pattern his game after, Adams said: “Just to be versatile, so … like (Thunder power forward) Serge Ibaka, maybe. Someone like that. Or maybe (Memphis center) Marc Gasol because he's the man, right? Oh, my God.”
Coincidentally, Adams is one of 18 siblings in his family — as is Ibaka. Six members of this Adams family played basketball for New Zealand. His brothers' average height is 6-foot-9 and his half-sister, Valerie, is a three-time world champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist in the shot put.
When last season ended, Adams told reporters he would be returning for his sophomore season. After visiting with his family for a week in New Zealand, Adams returned to Pittsburgh and shortly thereafter declared for the June 27 draft to help his family financially.
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon played professional basketball in New Zealand and competed with and against two of Adams' brothers — Warren and Ralph — whom Dixon said both should have been in the NBA.