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Tyler Adams, a 6-foot-9, 270-pound center from Brandon, Miss.. who initially committed to Duke, is now headed to Georgetown.
“I just felt like it was the best fit for me,” Adams said by text. “And it was the college that could help me get to the next level because of their history with bigs. And I love the coaching staff.”
“Basically the situation was we felt that Georgetown would be a better fit for him [than Duke],” Lonnie Adams, Tyler’s father, added Monday by phone.
He added that the family liked “the reputation of the program [and] all of their big men.
“Also it’s a great school. Obviously, it’s a good program. We like what they do.”
Adams, the No. 5 center in the Class of 2011, chose the Hoyas over Mississippi State.
“It pretty much came down to those two here late,” Lonnie said.
Adams joins power forward Mikael Hopkins and shooting guard Jabril Trawick in Georgetown’s 2011 recruiting class. They also have a commitment from 2012 center Brandon Bolden.
Adams figures to be a natural five man at Georgetown, and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Ewing, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning, Roy Hibbert and others.
“He’s very physical,” his father said. “He has great hands. He’s very capable of being an adequate player 10 to 15 feet from the basket also.”
As for a potential NBA career, Lonnie said, “Oh yeah, most certainly.”
But he added the family has no timetable for that.
“Actually that’s not our biggest concern,” Lonnie said, “whether it be two-and-done or four-and-done, whatever the case may be.”
The story was first reported by Scout.com.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.