HoopsHype Steven Adams rumors

May 26, 2013 Updates

Adams was the top-ranked prospect among 12 players Boston auditioned in pre-draft workouts at their training facility in recent days. After showcasing a better-than-expected offensive game at the draft combine in Chicago, Adams has caught the attention of teams across the league. So what exactly has Scalabrine been teaching him? "He’s been up against NBA players, so he knows how they play," said Adams. "He’s just been showing me, not tricks, but the basic fundamentals of NBA play. Like, you can get away with a lot more physicality and throwing a lot more [elbows] around. He’s just showing me that side of things and separation on the court. How to use the 3-point line." ESPN.com

A potential climb up draft boards doesn't bode particularly well for Boston, which likely would prefer Adams stick to his initial mid-round projection so that they at least have a chance to decide if he's their guy at No. 16. Adams is still acclimating to the American game, but said one season at Pittsburgh helped that process. "I think I got a lot better because I got to understand how basketball is in America, the whole culture and the coaching system, and all that sort of stuff," said Adams. "It was a great learning experience from that standpoint. In New Zealand, the level is much lower. So getting to that strategic side of things was definitely a good learning [experience]." ESPN.com

May 25, 2013 Updates
May 24, 2013 Updates

Beginning on Friday, the Celtics will host up to 12 draft prospects for workouts over two days, NBA sources said. Six are point guards, a position where the Celtics could use some help: Shane Larkin of Miami, Phil Pressey of Missouri, Pierre Jackson of Baylor, Peyton Siva of Louisville, Erick Green of Virginia Tech, and Myck Kabongo of Texas. Centers Jeff Withey of Kansas, Steven Adams of Pittsburgh, Colton Iverson of Colorado State, and Greg Echenique of Creighton are also scheduled to attend. The Celtics have the No. 16 pick in the first round on June 27. They do not have a second-round selection Boston Globe

May 17, 2013 Updates

The Magic interviewed a total of 18 players over three days, and the group also included Pittsburgh center Steven Adams, Texas point guard Myck Kabongo, Lehigh point guard C.J. McCollum, Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk, Colorado forward Andre Roberson and South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters. Orlando Sentinel

May 16, 2013 Updates
May 1, 2013 Updates

Here is a look at the early entry list which will be updated continuously. If you see an omission, please let us know: info@nbadraft.net. Officially Announced they Will Enter: Steven Adams 7-0 250 C Pittsburgh Fr. [link] Late first to early second. CJ Aiken 6-9 192 SF/PF St. Joes Jr. [link] Likely undrafted. Anthony Bennett 6-7 240 PF UNLV Fr. [link] Top 10 pick. NBADraft.net

April 6, 2013 Updates

San Antonio general manager R.C. Buford was at the Petersen Events Center in March for Pitt’s home finale against Villanova. Adams did not play in the game because he sprained an ankle in practice the day before. NBA scouts visit Pitt home games often, but a general manager is more noteworthy. The Spurs also employ Sean Marks in their front office. Marks, a 6-foot-10 journeyman who played in the NBA from 1998 until 2011, is one of only two native New Zealanders to play in the NBA. He is Buford’s director of basketball operations and the general manager of the team’s developmental league franchise. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

April 4, 2013 Updates

There is good news and bad news for Steven Adams, a 7-foot freshman center who decided to leave Pitt after one season to declare for the NBA draft. The good: He is taking advantage of a weak draft class and NBA teams are always searching for 7-foot centers, especially ones with the athletic skills Adams possesses. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

April 2, 2013 Updates

Steven Adams is leaving Pittsburgh after just one season. The 7-footer from New Zealand struggled for much of the season, but has decided to declare for the NBA Draft, sources told CBSSports.com. CBSSports.com

Multiple NBA executives told CBSSports.com that Adams is projected as a first-round pick. According to sources, one of the primary reasons for Adams deciding to leave college after just one year is to help provide for his family. He has 18 siblings and his father passed away when Steven Adams was 14 years old. CBSSports.com

(Steven) Adams told reporters after Pittsburgh's loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament that he had no intention of declaring for the draft. That jibes with what we've been hearing, which is that he'll spend at least one more year under Jamie Dixon's tutelage at Pitt. ESPN.com

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