Adams may head to Hawaii instead of Nevada
Appeal Sports Writer
When Diablo Valley College forward Brandon Adams attended a Nevada basketball gamer earlier this season, he made it clear that Nevada was where he wanted to play in 2008.
According to DVC coach Steve Coccimiglio, who sent Mo Charlo and Demarshay Johnson to play for the Wolf Pack, coach Mark Fox hasn’t made Adams an offer yet and quite possibly won’t.
“I think they had to go in a different direction,” Coccimiglio said from his office in Pleasant Hill, Calif. “They are looking for some front-line help (since JaVale McGee left). They need somebody that can come in and play right away up front.”
But Nevada coaches, players and fans may see a lot of Adams the next couple of years anyway.
Coccimiglio said that 6-foot-7 215-pound Adams is going to visit the University of Hawaii this weekend.
“Hawaii said they would red-shirt him which is what we asked (of all schools),” Coccimiglio said. “Most coaches want to recruit somebody that can play (next year) and not red-shirt.”
Besides having to replace McGee immediately, Adams chances of coming to Nevada also may have lessened when the Pack was able to land Joey Shaw, a transfer from College of Southern Idaho. Shaw is expected to sign his letter of intent later this week.
“He’s a good player,” said Coccimiglio. “I think he can come in and replace Marcelus Kemp.”
Shaw spent one season at Indiana, but left when Mike Davis was fired. He averaged 18 a game this past year at Southern Idaho. Shaw’s sister is married to Nate Burleson, older brother of the Pack’s Lyndale Burleson.
Austin Smith, a 6-9 210-pounder from Ironwood Ridge High School in Arizona, has expressed interest in Nevada, according to ScoutHoops.com, but it’s not known whether an offer has been made or not by Nevada.
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