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Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo Looking to Take More Visits, Cut List
Edrice Adebayo played with Team Felton this weekend. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
ARDSLEY, N.Y. — Edrice “Bam” Adebayo is making a cameo appearance this weekend with Team Felton on the Under Armour Association circuit after normally playing with Team Loaded on the Adidas circuit.
Adebayo joined Team Felton along with Kwe Parker and Ty Graves.
“It comes back to family. We all started out young together so we just gotta come back together once in a while,” the 6-foot-10 power forward from Pinetown (N.C.) Northside High told SNY.tv of his AAU switcharoo.
His mentor, Eric Peartree, said he hoped that Adebayo would get the respect he deserves by playing Under Armour in addition to Nike.
“I want everybody to see what’s going on,” Peartree said. “I keep harping everybody, Bam is one of the best big men in the country. People still don’t believe it. We’re going to every circuit, we’re trying to show everybody that this man deserves what he’s doing.
“The upside is tremendous. By far he’s one of the best big men in the country. I don’t know what’s the problem. If people don’t see it by now, I don’t know what else it’s gonna take. But we gonna keep fighting. We country boys from North Carolina, that’s what we do.”
As far as schools, Adebayo said he’s visited ECU, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Virginia.
“Just about the whole ACC,” he said.
He has several more visits in mind, but wasn’t ready to disclose them.
“I have to sit down and talk about it,” he said.
Peartree said Adebayo could soon cut his list.
“By mid-summer, end of the summer, we’ll try to put out a list,” he said. “But right now, we want to get better. We want to get to the point where his game is speaking entirely for itself, regardless of what school he goes to, I want him ready.”
Added Adebayo: “Probably mid-summer. [I want a] place I can fit in, the coach is good and the campus is good.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.
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