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Will Kansas be playing the waiting game with Anrio Adams’ eligibility?

Jul 9, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

Kansas Jayhawks head coach Bill Self reacts during the second half of play against the Kentucky Wildcats in their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

The Kansas Jayhawks were one of the easiest teams to root for last season.

Between Thomas Robinson overcoming all of the tragedies he experienced as a sophomore, the emergence of Tyshawn Taylor as one of the nation’s best point guards, and the success that Bill Self’s team had with players that had spent more time redshirting than they had playing, the Jayhawks had a team that was quite likeable.

But what made the story so much more intriguing is the fact that Kansas had such a limited rotation. Self was forced to use a former walk-on like Connor Teahan because he simply didn’t have any other options on his roster.

That’s because three-quarters of his 2011 recruiting class was ruled ineligible. Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor sat out the season while Braeden Anderson ended up transferring to Fresno State.

The Jayhawks may end up having some of the same problems next season. Anrio Adams, a top 100 shooting guard from the same Seattle high school that produced the likes of Doug Christie, Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson, committed to Kansas back in November, but due to academic issues that Adams has, he never signed a letter of intent. Not in November, not in May during the spring signing period.

Adams has enrolled at Kansas for the second summer session, but that is no guarantee that he will be playing with the Jayhawks come October:

Before reporting to KU, he had to first become academically eligible, which entailed taking the ACT test a couple times in the past couple months. It’s believed Adams’ test scores and core course grades will qualify him for a scholarship, however he will have to be given the OK (like all players) by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

While awaiting a ruling, he’s clear for full participation with the KU team, including playing on the upcoming European tour.


He’s still waiting on some academic materials from Seattle’s Franklin High, which he attended two years before moving on to Seattle Garfield, then on to Rainier Beach.

“He has gone as far as everybody else from an eligibility standpoint. Whether or not they (Clearinghouse) put the final stamp on him or not remains to be seen. They have all the information. All indications are he will be cleared and all that stuff,” Self said.

Adams put in quite a bit of work to get himself in position to be ruled eligible, but for now it is a waiting game.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. ku62 - Jul 10, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Remembering last year, when McLemore, Traylor, Anderson were deemed “partial” qualifiers for no reason but attending several high schools, I have little hope Adams will be on the floor for KU in November, if at all during the 2012-13 season. KU doesn’t hide anything under the carpet, and is therefore vulnerable to the cheap tactics of NCAA to sanction a high profile program as a warning to recruits that they need to steer clear of shady operators in the AAU/agent/runner/prep school industry.

    Aside from the NCAA aspect, I’m not too thrilled with having this many players who never stayed at any high school over two years. Bill Self has the best 10-yr record in history (except for Sam Gilbert/John Wooden) as does KU have the best 25-yr record as well, but the success (under both Self and Williams) has been predicated more on developing chemistry among upperclassmen who play team basketball than on catering to ready-made pro prospects.

    I’m more than willing to wait a few years for McLemore, White, Adams, Frankamp to fill the shoes of the seniors who will bring another conference crown and NCAA run this year. Much more willing than to expect the repeat of Calipari’s good fortune to have the attitudes as well as talent to carry off the national title last year. That won’t happen very regularly with five or six early exits annually.

  2. ku62 - Jul 10, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    My fault for leaving off Perry Ellis from the list of future KU prospects. He, if not McLemore, has the best shot at becoming one of the all-time greats at KU. Valedictorian and four state championships (at the same school) rate pretty high on my list of things to look for in a recruit.

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