With Kameron Williams and Phil Booth starring in the Mount St. Joseph backcourt, Jaylen Adams was frequently overshadowed during the past two seasons. This summer, however, the rising senior point guard is getting a chance to stand out.
Adams has emerged this spring as one of Nike Baltimore Elite’s top offensive threats. A quick, unselfish ball-handler, Adams has proved to be a reliable scorer for the AAU program.
“It’s been going well,” Adams said after a Nike Elite practice at Baltimore City Community College last week. “We could be doing better. We’ve got to get a few more wins, but other than that we’ll be good.”
Adams, who is averaging 9.2 points this spring, shot 46 percent from 3-point range last weekend during Baltimore’s five-game run at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League’s Minneapolis event. He went 5-for-6 from beyond the arc and scored a team-high 17 points in NBE’s 66-60 loss to the St. Louis Eagles.
College coaches have taken note of Adams’ play with Mount St. Joseph and Nike Baltimore Elite. Adams said he has scholarship offers from Mount St. Mary’s, Delaware and Radford, while Cleveland State and Davidson have also recently expressed interest.
“I don’t really have a decision,” Adams said of his recruitment. “I’ve been out to Mount St. Mary’s and I heard [from other people that it’s] cool, but nah, no timeline yet.”
Playing a starring role for Nike Baltimore Elite should prepare Adams well for his expanded role as a senior with Mount St. Joseph. The defending Baltimore Catholic League champions lost Williams (Ohio State) to graduation, but return Booth – a Top 75 recruit considering Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland and Villanova, among others.
Adams, who scored 12 points in the Gaels’ BCL title-game win over Archbishop Spalding, said his junior season was a success because it ended with a championship victory and the team “had fun doing it.”
Daniel Reese is a Gilman senior interning in The Sun's sports department. He can be reached on Twitter @liutenant_dan.