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One and Done: Steven Adams to enter 2013 NBA draft

Apr 2, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

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Pittsburgh freshman Steven Adams will leave school after one season and enter his name into the 2013 NBA Draft, the school announced in a statement Tuesday.

Adams is a 7-0, 250-pound native of New Zealand who averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game as a freshman this past season.

“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 in a release. “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.”

“We support him in choosing to pursue his dreams and in having the opportunity to provide for his family back in New Zealand,” coach Jamie Dixon said in the release. “We will continue to stay involved in the process and he will always be a part of the Pitt Basketball family.”

Adams is one of 18 siblings and his father passed away when Adams was 14 years old.

He is projected by DraftExpress to be selected 19th overall in the 2013 draft. The team that drafts Adams will likely do it based on potential, as he continued to improve throughout the season but remains a player with a large set of raw skills but one with great opportunity for growth in the right coaching system.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. mojo22046 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Jaime Dixon is destroying college basketball! He’s successfully recruiting kids who are good enough to become first-round draft picks after just one season! Shame! No Division I coach should recruit such players!

    Recruit kids who don’t have first-round potential! Kids who are solid but not exceptional players! Kids who will stay around the program for at least 3 years and actually earn something of a college education! Let the really good players sit out a year! Let them go play in Europe or something! You can’t build a successful program around such gifted players!

    Jaime Dixon, with his greased-back hair, is making a mockery of the concept of the student-athlete! I don’t like bad-mouthing the guy, but I’ll bet you anything he will only continue to recruit the best players he can!!! I’m sorry, but that’s just how I feel.

    Rutgers will fire a coach for abusing his players, but Pitt won’t do a thing to stop Jaime Dixon’s successful recruiting?! Where’s the justice?!

  2. modellforprez - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Lord Steven Regal. This guy came to Pitt and everyone knew especially Oakland Zoo Reps that he was probably one and done. everybody needs to understand steven has tremendous responsibility on his shoulders. he is one of 18 kids and he was homeless for over a year at like 13-14 after his dads passing. so i do hate to see him go but i am glad he came to Pitt in the first place and we are fortunate we had a good year with him. good luck Big guy

  3. modellforprez - Apr 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Now dont get me wrong i am crazy i know this anyone who reads a Allen D. Masko a.k.a modellforprez comment can see that. BUT CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THIS MOJO MORON ABOVE MY 1ST COMMENT WAS SAYING. because if i didnt know any better he was just dumping sarcastic bull fertilizer. oh yeah one more thing moron i mean mojo Go look at dixons record the past 10 seasons and shut the front door

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