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Marcus Adams Jr. leaves Gonzaga one month after transfer
By ADAM ZAGORIA & SAM LANCEMarcus Adams Jr. is on the move again.
Adams has left the Gonzaga program and will remain in the transfer portal.
Joe Tipton of On3 first reported the news, and a source confirmed Sunday that Adams is no longer with the program. Adams never officially enrolled at Gonzaga, so he will remain in the transfer portal.
Adams, a former four-star recruit, enrolled at Kansas and participated in summer workouts. But last month, he announced his transfer to Gonzaga.
“I like how coach Mark Few reached out to me,” Adams told The Kansas City Star. “It looked like a good fit for me. They said they needed me. I was (at the) right spot (as) a 3-and-D wing. They needed a guy that could shoot the rock, make plays and facilitate. I was that guy. They reached out and showed a lot of interest.
“I looked through it with my parents and my family. It was the best fit.”
Adams told The Star his decision wasn’t about playing time with the Jayhawks.
“I felt like KU wasn’t the right place for me,” Adams said “I see everybody in the comments and some reporters saying it was about playing time … it’s not. I felt like I would have been good there if I stayed, but I had a gut and heart feeling. I felt like it wasn’t a place for me.”
From Torrance, California, Adams played prep basketball at Nathaniel Narbonne High School where he averaged 28.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in 2022-23 for coach Kumase Demesma. He had three 40-point performances, including a 50-point, 21-rebound game. Adams was the recipient of the 2023 John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year Award for the L.A. City Section Open Division.
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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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