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