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The tremendous growth combo guard Quadry Adams exhibited as a student-athlete, through a tenacious work ethic on the basketball court and in the classroom, enabled him to earn more than a dozen college scholarship offers, including two from Ivy League schools.
The St. Thomas Aquinas senior, who narrowed his recruitment to five colleges, has made a nonbinding commitment to Wake Forest University, selecting the Demon Deacons over Georgia, Princeton, Columbia and Boston University, according to his high school coach, Bob Turco.
“I’ve been lucky enough to do this a long time and be with a lot of different kids, and the development of the whole child is important to me,” Turco, a veteran mentor, said of his profession.
“Quadry is by far one of the hardest workers – if not the hardest worker – and it just shows. I’m so proud of him. He had a dream and he had priorities and he made (earning a college scholarship) a reality.”
Adams is the fourth member of Wake Forest’s 2020 recruiting class, which 247Sports ranks No. 18 nationally and No. 4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The commitment won’t become official until Adams signs a National Letter of Intent during the weeklong early signing period for Division I basketball, which commences on Nov. 13.
“One of the main things when I first met him – with his mom especially – is academics came first,” Turco said. “He’s done a great job this year. His junior year was his best year academically. He’s put everything together in the last few months.”
Adams, who stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 175 pounds, also addressed during the offseason what he perceived to be his on-court shortcomings, working on his jumper, taking anywhere from 500 to 1,000 shots some days, according to Turco.
“He was a slasher,” Turco said of Adams, who averaged 15.3 points last season. “Last year he was not a knock-down shooter. He made (18) threes. He worked hard this summer on his shot. You can see the difference in his stroke.”
Adams drained five buckets from beyond the arc during an AAU game with the New Jersey Panthers.
With Adams and teammate Derrick Grant – both are from Piscataway – leading the way, Bishop Ahr posted a 21-7 record including an unblemished 12-0 Blue Division mark while securing the fourth seed for the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament last season.
Grant also holds college scholarship offers and may soon be announcing his college commitment.
“This will be the first time in four or five years they can go out and not care who is in the stands,” Turco said of Adams and Grant announcing their commitments before the start of the season. “They can go out there with no pressure, play for each other and the team and not do anything expected of a kid when he finds out college coaches are in the stands. It unloads pressure off them and the whole team.”
Turco credited the St. Thomas Aquinas faculty with helping Adams develop into an Ivy League-caliber student-athlete.
“It speaks volumes about the school,” Turco said. “The teachers at the school are really phenomenal. They really embrace helping kids. Whatever he maybe was not doing so well in sophomore year they made sure they filled that gap early on. They made him work harder and harder. The teachers are always available and there to help.”
Adams also stepped up his game on the court, helping St. Thomas Aquinas make the conference tournament quarterfinals for a second straight year and win an NJSIAA Tournament game for the first time since 1981.
The 739 career-point-scorer will play at the next level for one of college basketball’s all-time greats.
Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning is Kansas’ all-time leading scorer and rebounder, the 10th all-time leading scorer in NCAA history and was a consensus NCAA Player of the Year in 1988.
Under Manning, who enters his sixth season at Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons have advanced to the NCAA Tournament once and finished 11-20 each of the past two seasons.
Manning recruited two McDonald’s High School All-Americans including Xavier Henry, who went on to become a first-round NBA Draft pick.
Adams visited Wake Forest over the weekend and gave Manning his commitment.