ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The University of New Mexico on Sunday received a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5 Alvarado (Texas) High School shooting guard Xavier Adams, who was in the Pit with his parents and AAU basketball coach for Saturday’s game vs. Fresno State.
Adams, a junior, told the Journal Saturday he loved the atmosphere in the Pit and really liked the Lobos coaching staff.
Before a Friday night game in Texas, Adams was averaging 26.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.5 blocks per game.
The Class of 2014 is shaping up to be one of the more important in the Alford coaching era for the Lobos.
After next season, current juniors Kendall Williams, Tony Snell, Cameron Bairstow and Demetrius Walker will be gone. Those players currently account for 56.1 percent of UNM’s scoring, 59.5 percent of the team’s assists, 33.7 percent of the team’s rebounding and those players average between 17.4 and 34.9 minutes per game.
Multiple recruiting services have Adams ranked as a three-star prospect. He said the opportunity to get playing time early in his college career was a big factor in his decision.
Among the schools that have been showing recruiting interest or have already offered Adams a scholarship are Texas Tech, Baylor, Colorado State, TCU, Tulsa, North Texas and Creighton, to name a few.
Adams is the first recruit for the Class of 2014 to give a verbal commitment to UNM.
Below is a video of some Adams highlights posted on YouTube by his club team coach, Vonzell Thomas, who has coached, among others, North Texas star Tony Mitchell, projected to be a top 20 NBA Draft pick this spring.