SLCC star Chase Adams’ basketball career started with a viral moment. Then it took a sudden twist


The demise of a brother despatched the Bruins’ star guard on an sudden journey

(Taylor Munroe) Salt Lake Neighborhood School guard Chase Adams was a viral sensation earlier than he acquired to highschool. However his brother’s sudden demise despatched Adams on an sudden path.

This story is collectively printed by nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune, in collaboration with Salt Lake Neighborhood School, to raise various views in native media via scholar journalism.

When Salt Lake Neighborhood School level guard Chase Adams was in seventh grade, a video of him showcasing his spectacular ball dealing with was posted on the YouTube basketball channel BallislifeMidwest.

Within the video — which at the moment has over 16 million views — Adams breaks ankles, ball fakes and runs circles round rivals who towered over him. Already well-known among the many Chicago basketball circle on the time, his reputation grew considerably after the video went viral.

“In Chicago, everyone knew who I used to be, however after that video, it made issues nationwide,” Adams stated. “I used to be solely in seventh grade. I acquired my first [college] supply once I was in eighth grade from Bradley College.”

As one of many highest-ranked level guards within the nation coming into ninth grade, Adams began highschool optimistically, however he stated every part modified when his brother — who Adams known as his greatest buddy — handed away of a grand mal seizure.

“I wasn’t actually related with basketball,” Adams stated. “I used to be type of out of it mentally, and it took me some time to bounce again from that. To be sincere with you, I’m nonetheless engaged on it. That was the largest purpose why I fell off a bit bit.”

After highschool, Adams performed for a yr on the College of Portland however entered the switch portal after his coach was fired. Adams initially had no curiosity going to junior faculty, even rejecting SLCC head coach Kyle Taylor’s preliminary supply to hitch the Bruins. However after some reflection, Adams determined SLCC was the most effective match for him.

“The distinction was, coach Kyle stated he was going to get gamers round me, and we have been going to have a staff filled with gamers that have been hungry, coming from Division I applications like myself, and in the identical boat as me,” Adams stated. “That was thrilling to listen to, as a result of I do know they might have a chip on their shoulder like me.”

At this time, Adams is a enterprise advertising main and chief of the most effective junior faculty basketball staff within the nation, a staff that additionally stands undefeated.

“Chase has been phenomenal,” Taylor stated. “He’s a pacesetter, he’s a winner and he works extremely onerous.”

Adams’ management influences the remainder of his teammates, in response to Bruins guard Jordan Brinson.

“Chase is the kind of person who’s at all times going to be sure you’re okay and attempt to carry the most effective out of you,” he stated. “Chase and I roomed collectively at first of the yr, and each opened to one another and acquired shut. I really feel like our relationship off the court docket as buddies helps [us] on the court docket, as a result of we all know how one can inspire one another and produce the most effective out of one another.”

One other teammate of Adams, Physician Bradley, who’s beginning small ahead and taking pictures guard, stated he sees Adams as an even bigger brother.

“[Adams] is at all times there once I want to speak to him about something, not simply basketball, and I do know he’s going to inform the reality,” Bradley stated.

The time at SLCC has been simply as helpful to Adams.

His brother’s demise continues to be on the entrance of his thoughts, and Adams stated it nonetheless appears like yesterday. However via the assist system discovered at SLCC, Adams has discovered to deal with his loss and let it drive him to develop into higher.

Adams stated that SLCC has helped him discover his confidence and love for basketball once more. Taylor defined how his level guard has grown.

“He has regained his confidence taking pictures the ball and playmaking,” Taylor stated. “We actually emphasize coming to JUCO to ‘get wholesome,’ and for Chase, that’s been his confidence and his scoring.”

Division I faculties like Coastal Carolina, Stetson and Gardner Webb have taken discover of Adams’ elite play and provided him a scholarship to play for his or her college. With Adams being a sophomore, he can be transferring on subsequent season. In spite of everything he has endured to regain his confidence, Adams feels prepared, as soon as once more, to play on basketball’s greatest stage.

Morgan Workman wrote this story as a journalism scholar at Salt Lake Neighborhood School. It’s printed as a part of a brand new collaborative together with nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune.



‘Get me the ball’: Barcello feeds Traore to push BYU basketball to 16-point win in home finale


Brigham Younger Cougars guard Alex Barcello (13) goes to the ring forward of Pepperdine Waves guard Mike Mitchell Jr. (1) in the course of the recreation on the Marriott Heart in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

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PROVO — Halfway by means of the second half of BYU basketball’s house finale towards Pepperdine, Alex Barcello stepped by means of a depraved crossover dribble, stepped again, drained a 3-pointer and tapped his wrist.

Fousseyni Traore acquired the message.

Traore poured in 25 factors, 19 rebounds and three assists en path to the seventh double-double of his profession and BYU basketball wrapped up the common season with a 75-59 win over Pepperdine in entrance of a near-sellout crowd Saturday night time within the Marriott Heart.

Barcello added 10 factors, eight rebounds and three assists, and Te’Jon Lucas had 15 factors and 4 assists on senior night time for the Cougars (21-9, 9-6 WCC), who additionally honored injured large males Gavin Baxter and Richard Harward earlier than tipoff.

However on one explicit play, Traore — like every good freshman would to a senior chief — was simply following orders.

“I used to be so hyped,” he stated with amusing. “He (Barcello) simply wanted to relax somewhat bit, proper?”

That is when head coach Mark Pope jumped in, with a joke which may as nicely have been fully correct.

“When AB did that,” Pope stated, tapping his wrist, “Fouss turned to AB, and stated, ‘if you wish to put this factor away, get me the ball. Each. Single. Time.'”

Level taken for the 6-foot-6, 254-pound freshman from Bamako, Mali, the previous Wasatch Academy standout whose freshman yr has seen a gentle rise since he grew to become the highest submit participant on a group lacking its two prime bigs in Baxter and Harward. However when Traore goes off, good issues occur for BYU, which improved to 6-1 on the yr when he information a double-double.

Traore has scored in double figures in three of the previous 4 video games, paralleling an increase that has seen BYU proper itself after a four-game skid that propelled the Cougars to the sting of the NCAA Match bubble.

With 4 wins within the final 5 video games — the one loss, a 69-64 setback at Saint Mary’s, when Traore struggled to 4 factors and 5 rebounds whereas enjoying by means of a groin damage — the Cougars have (seemingly, presumably, perhaps) righted the ship.

“25 and 19? That’s absurd,” stated Lucas, who celebrated his second senior night time however first with followers and a crowd that included his mom, sister and grandmother in attendance. “And for a freshman to get that, 9-of-10 taking pictures. Seven-of-nine free throws. That’s absurd.”

Gideon George provided 11 factors in BYU’s regular-season finale, and Trevin Knell had 8 factors and 4 assists for the Cougars.

Houston Mallette scored 23 factors to guide Pepperdine (7-24, 1-15 WCC) and fellow freshman Mike Mitchell Jr. provided 18 factors, eight rebounds and 4 assists for the shorthanded Waves, who solely performed seven gamers.

However on Barcello’s second celebrated senior night time in a BYU uniform, the Chandler, Arizona, product wished to finish the common season in model.

Pepperdine Waves guard Majok Deng (22) goes to the hoop around Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore (45) during the game at the Marriott Center in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022.
Pepperdine Waves guard Majok Deng (22) goes to the ring round Brigham Younger Cougars ahead Fousseyni Traore (45) in the course of the recreation on the Marriott Heart in Provo on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. (Picture: Spenser Heaps, Deseret Information)

Knell capped a 7-0 run over simply 57 seconds that pushed BYU to a 20-13 lead halfway by means of the primary half. However the Waves shot 48% from the sphere to BYU’s 45% to creep inside three, 36-33 at halftime.

The Cougars outrebounded Pepperdine 21-15 and scored 8 factors off 5 turnovers earlier than the break however could not draw back from a gaggle of Waves guards that acquired something they wished — together with 13 factors from Mitchell.

It did not take lengthy for Barcello to take over, although. The Arizona switch discovered Atiki Ally Atiki for a hammer dunk halfway by means of the second half. On the following possession, Barcello completed off his crossover with a stepback 3-pointer that pushed the Cougars’ result in 49-40, highlighting an 11-3 spurt that pushed the Cougars’ lead as excessive as 55-43 with 7:27 remaining to assist seal the win for good.

“That stepback, that is Alex; that is what he does,” Lucas stated. “I simply wished to go over there and have enjoyable with him, however that is OK. We talked about it within the locker room later, how he was wobbling or one thing.

“However that is Alex Barcello; I do not anticipate nothing much less.”

Moments later, Lucas discovered Caleb Lohner for a transition dunk that introduced the home down and gave the Cougars a 61-46 lead they might by no means relinquish, holding the Waves to 27% taking pictures within the second half.

However again to Traore, who set a BYU freshman file with 19 rebounds — together with 14 defensive boards. The West Africa product tied Mark Helpful for the second-most double-doubles in a freshman season in BYU historical past, and likewise knocked down his thirty fifth block of the season — the fourth-most all-time by a BYU freshman.

“I have been saying all yr: he does not know the way good he’s. This faculty, the coaches are fortunate to have a man like Fouss, who’s so prepared to be taught and has a lot uncooked expertise. However whenever you put that collectively along with his laborious work, work ethic, and also you see him within the gymnasium at 8 o’ clock each day, then to the examine corridor for 5 hours a day. It is superior.”

The win, mixed with wins by San Francisco and Santa Clara, locks BYU into the No. 5 seed within the West Coast Convention Match — the Cougars’ highest seed since becoming a member of the league in 2011. The Cougars will open the tourney subsequent Friday, March 4 on the Orleans Enviornment in Las Vegas.

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BYU women’s basketball wins WCC title; men finish season with second straight blowout win


The 2 Cougars basketball groups ended their common seasons Saturday.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales (2) leads a quick break for the Cougars, in girls’s basketball motion between the BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves, on the Marriott Middle in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Judkins scored his 450th win tonight.

Provo • The BYU girls’s basketball staff waited for this second all season. The second when the Cougars may formally say the West Coast Convention title belonged to them and solely them.

The Cougars secured the outright championship Saturday with a blowout 82-52 street win over Pacific, bringing their WCC report to 15-1 and 25-2 general. It’s the staff’s first convention title because the 2015-16 season.

“That is large for our program to have the ability to win this convention,” coach Jeff Judkins mentioned through videoconference after the sport. “Gonzaga has gained it so a few years. It’s good for us to have the ability to actually do it.”

The ladies not solely secured the common season title, but additionally earned the WCC Event’s No. 1 general seed. Their run begins Monday, March 7.

“We’re favored to win the event,” Judkins mentioned. “We’re going to go on the market with a number of confidence and know that we will do this.”

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Younger Cougars ahead Fousseyni Traore (45) scores as Loyola Marymount Lions guard Lamaj Lewis (13) defends, in WCC basketball motion between the Brigham Younger Cougars and the Loyola Marymount Lions on the Marriott Middle in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022.

The lads, in the meantime, beat Pepperdine 75-59 and unofficially gave them the No. 5 seed within the event. Meaning they’ll play Friday, March 4 to start out their WCC Event run.

Freshman Fousseyni Traore had a profession sport, scoring 25 factors, grabbing 19 rebounds and blocking two pictures.

In a tribute, coach Mark Pope subbed in seniors Gavin Baxter and Richard Harward for one possession. The 2 suffered season-ending accidents and had not performed in any respect. Baxter tore his ACL earlier within the season, and Harward took a “step again” from basketball because of a coronary heart difficulty.

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“All-Star Weekend Is A Celebration Of The Basketball Community” | NBA All-Star Game Does Not Disappoint



The celebs have been out in full power and shining shiny on Sunday night time in Cleveland. 

The most effective shooter to ever play the sport, Steph Curry made certain that was by no means doubtful with an NBA all-star recreation file 16 three-pointers. On the opposite finish of the court docket, MVP front-runner Joel Embiid was sensational with 36 factors and 10 rebounds.

However in the long run, it was the King who got here residence.

In the home that he constructed, LeBron James hit a turnaround, stepback 20-footer to present Staff James a 163-160 victory over Staff Durant within the 71st version of the NBA All-Star recreation. 

Make no mistake, with the NBA’s greatest gamers collectively in a single place, Utah huge man Rudy Gobert made certain that everybody knew he belonged. 

Recognized for his dominant defensive recreation, the all-star recreation critically lacks protection, so many have questioned how Gobert’s skillset would translate. He put these arguments to relaxation with a formidable displaying within the second quarter, throwing down two highlight-reel dunks that proved he is rather more than the defensive participant of the 12 months.

Sadly for Utah followers watching the sport, they solely bought to see one-half of their group’s dynamic duo. Whereas Gobert performed nicely — and smiled whereas doing so — Donovan Mitchell missed the sport. After lacking follow the opposite day, Mitchell was formally dominated out as a consequence of an higher respiratory sickness (non-COVID-related).

It is unknown what Mitchell’s prognosis will likely be transferring ahead, however the Jazz aren’t scheduled to return to the court docket till Friday once they host Luka Doncic and Dallas. Tipoff is about for 7 p.m. MST.

“It’s a nice honor and has all the time been a dream of mine to be chosen as an NBA All-Star,” Mitchell mentioned in an announcement. “Remorsefully, I won’t be able to play in tonight’s All-Star Sport as a consequence of an higher respiratory sickness (non-COVID-related). Your entire All-Star weekend is a celebration of the basketball neighborhood, the followers and the game I’m blessed to play. I am targeted on getting nicely and again out on the court docket. Thanks for all of the get-well needs. I can not wait to see the sport later as we speak.”

With Mitchell out, Gobert made certain to present the followers a superb illustration of Utah basketball. He checked in late within the first quarter and immediately made his presence felt, together with a formidable 360 dunk that many did not know he may pull off. He completed the sport with six factors and 6 rebounds on 3-of-3 capturing in 13 minutes for Staff Durant. 

Not recognized for being performed at an especially excessive degree, the fourth quarter of the all-star recreation didn’t disappoint. With the brand new format arrange the best way it’s, it offers the gamers a function in enjoying each quarter and the ultimate 12 minutes proved that. 

With Curry launching from three-pointers to interrupt the all-star recreation file for many factors in a recreation, Staff LeBron bought nice contributing buckets late by Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan to place them one bucket away from victory. However Embiid and Zach Lavine did their greatest to make it a recreation, with Lavine’s five-straight factors making it come right down to a “subsequent basket wins” format. 

Enter James. 

After main Cleveland to a title in 2016, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in doing so, James gave the hometown trustworthy a second of deja vu. Guarded by Lavine, James calmly referred to as for the ball and promptly hit a turnaround jumper for the sport, made much more spectacular contemplating Embiid coming over to double him.

Curry led the best way 50 factors, flattening 16-of-27 from past the arc whereas including 5 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Antetokounmpo completed with 30 factors, 12 rebounds, and 6 assists, whereas James added 24 factors, eight assists, and 6 rebounds. 

For Staff Durant, Trae Younger completed with 13 factors and 10 assists, Devin Booker added 20 factors and 4 steals, and Lamelo Ball completed with 18 factors, three rebounds, and three assists.



Native American basketball players in Wyoming are happy with their mask mandate : NPR


Wyoming Indian Boys basketball group huddle up earlier than heading out to face the Greybull Buffalo.

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Pupil athletes on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming are grateful masks mandates aren’t going away there, whilst they proceed to fall away throughout the nation. They really feel just like the mandate has helped preserve them wholesome and competing as different colleges throughout the state have needed to cancel video games due to covid infections.

On a current basketball sport evening at Wyoming Indian Excessive Faculty within the reservation city of Ethete, the announcer introduces the hometown Chiefs in a mixture of English and Arapaho.

The health club is normally packed, however this yr due to COVID-19 protocols the crowds have been diminished.

The Wind River Reservation, dwelling to the Japanese Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, has had a masks mandate since early within the pandemic. That is uncommon in Wyoming, a conservative state the place COVID-19 restrictions will not be in style.

Chiefs group captain Videl C’Bearing, a senior, says with the ability to play ball has actually helped him get via the pandemic.

“You want bodily exercise that will help you get your thoughts straight. And that is what I take into consideration basketball, it is remedy. Like after I’m mad, or no matter, my simply first thought is, ‘Man, I am gonna go shoot round someplace,’ ” he says.

Wyoming Indian Basketball Coach Craig Ferris graduated from the college in 1995, performed school basketball and got here again to educate at his outdated highschool. He is been the coach right here for 18 years.

He is a fan of the masks mandate.

“We have heard of a few groups that canceled video games via the weekend as a result of they’ve had no actual masks mandate, however have positives of their faculty and so they’ve needed to principally shut the entire group down,” he says.

COVID-19 protocols on the Wind River are the strictest throughout Wyoming

The tribes say that the reservation’s vaccination fee is round 70-80%. Wyoming as an entire is at 50%, one of many lowest within the U.S. Ferris says a majority of pupil athletes at Wyoming Indian are vaccinated, and so they’re additionally examined each 10 days.

“It is allowed us to really full a season with out canceling any video games. And I do know we have been quick gamers right here and there, however we have have not needed to cancel any video games,” he says.

Masks will not be required throughout video games, however the women basketball group right here has saved theirs on throughout competitors all through the pandemic.

“To my data, they’re the one ones which might be nonetheless carrying them whereas they’re competing,” says Ron Laird, commissioner for the Wyoming Excessive Faculty Actions Affiliation.

The Wyoming Indian women group has received the final three state basketball championships in a row, and will once more this yr in a couple of weeks.

Laird says that COVID-19 protocols differ throughout Wyoming, however they’re strictest on the Wind River.

Northern Arapaho chairman Jordan Dresser says lax COVID protocols elsewhere within the state are one motive they’re sustaining the masks mandate on the reservation.

“A number of weeks in the past, we had the surge from the Omicron. And you understand, we reached fairly excessive numbers like six, 700 people examined constructive, however we solely had like one hospitalization,” he says.

Dresser says that the reservation’s masks mandate is not going wherever.

“Sadly, as quickly as you step off, the reservation is while you get the people who find themselves majority will not be vaccinated. So I simply see, in idea, the masks mandate, one thing that’s good for some time,” he says.

COVID-19 has made the final couple of seasons difficult, however hasn’t modified captain Videl C’Bearing’s objectives for the longer term.

“One in all my goals is to play school basketball, that is what I really need, you understand hopefully I can go someplace and play. And simply come again right here and just about do what my coaches do,” he says.

The tribes on Wind River additionally lowered constructing occupancy, required colleges to offer digital studying for college kids to remain dwelling from faculty, and required anybody working with youngsters on the Wind River to get vaccinated.