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Adams stock has had minor downward fluctuations early in the conference season. His defense dips it some, but his effort to be better keeps it high as a promising performer.
Adams played 65 minutes last weekend at Utah and Colorado. He shot 11-24 from the floor and scored 30 points. He was four of six from the free-throw line and had three assists over two games.
Adams is not much on the glass at either end because he is a true wing player and does not spend much time with the extra tall trees inside. He does not assist as well as one might like to see, but he has a soft touch on the dish and can do it when he wants to. His stock will soar if he begins setting up teammates for points.
Back at home against Oregon State on Thursday, Adams played like an invisible man against a weak opponent, which is not a great tendency if it becomes a habit. Adams had two points on six shots with zero three-point attempts in 26 minutes, which is a low number of minutes for him.
Coach Howland may have been giving him rest, but that is hard to imagine after a five day layoff. If Adams comes out flat for these basement conference teams, it will reflect poorly on his overall stock.
But Adams has a shot and offensive arsenal you can invest in over the long term, and a lancer's instinct for the kill shot. Adams sunk late free throws against Colorado to seal the game.