This story is collectively printed by nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune, in collaboration with Salt Lake Group Faculty, to raise various views in native media by means of scholar journalism.
When Salt Lake Group Faculty level guard Chase Adams was in seventh grade, a video of him showcasing his spectacular ball dealing with was posted on the YouTube basketball channel BallislifeMidwest.
Within the video — which at the moment has over 16 million views — Adams breaks ankles, ball fakes and runs circles round opponents who towered over him. Already well-known among the many Chicago basketball circle on the time, his recognition grew considerably after the video went viral.
“In Chicago, all people knew who I used to be, however after that video, it made issues nationwide,” Adams stated. “I used to be solely in seventh grade. I received my first [college] provide after I was in eighth grade from Bradley College.”
As one of many highest-ranked level guards within the nation coming into ninth grade, Adams began highschool optimistically, however he stated the whole lot modified when his brother — who Adams known as his greatest good friend — handed away of a grand mal seizure.
“I wasn’t actually linked with basketball,” Adams stated. “I used to be form of out of it mentally, and it took me some time to bounce again from that. To be trustworthy with you, I’m nonetheless engaged on it. That was the most important purpose why I fell off a little bit bit.”
After highschool, Adams performed for a yr on the College of Portland however entered the switch portal after his coach was fired. Adams initially had no curiosity going to junior faculty, even rejecting SLCC head coach Kyle Taylor’s preliminary provide to hitch the Bruins. However after some reflection, Adams determined SLCC was one of the best match for him.
“The distinction was, coach Kyle stated he was going to get gamers round me, and we have been going to have a group filled with gamers that have been hungry, coming from Division I applications like myself, and in the identical boat as me,” Adams stated. “That was thrilling to listen to, as a result of I do know they might have a chip on their shoulder like me.”
In the present day, Adams is a enterprise advertising and marketing main and chief of one of the best junior faculty basketball group within the nation, a group that additionally stands undefeated.
“Chase has been phenomenal,” Taylor stated. “He’s a frontrunner, he’s a winner and he works extremely onerous.”
Adams’ management influences the remainder of his teammates, based on Bruins guard Jordan Brinson.
“Chase is the kind of person who’s at all times going to ensure you’re okay and attempt to convey one of the best out of you,” he stated. “Chase and I roomed collectively at first of the yr, and each opened to one another and received shut. I really feel like our relationship off the courtroom as pals helps [us] on the courtroom, as a result of we all know inspire one another and convey one of the best out of one another.”
One other teammate of Adams, Physician Bradley, who’s beginning small ahead and capturing guard, stated he sees Adams as an even bigger brother.
“[Adams] is at all times there after I want to speak to him about something, not simply basketball, and I do know he’s going to inform the reality,” Bradley stated.
The time at SLCC has been simply as helpful to Adams.
His brother’s loss of life remains to be on the entrance of his thoughts, and Adams stated it nonetheless looks like yesterday. However by means of the assist system discovered at SLCC, Adams has discovered to deal with his loss and let it drive him to turn into higher.
Adams stated that SLCC has helped him discover his confidence and love for basketball once more. Taylor defined how his level guard has grown.
“He has regained his confidence capturing the ball and playmaking,” Taylor stated. “We actually emphasize coming to JUCO to ‘get wholesome,’ and for Chase, that’s been his confidence and his scoring.”
Division I faculties like Coastal Carolina, Stetson and Gardner Webb have taken discover of Adams’ elite play and provided him a scholarship to play for his or her faculty. With Adams being a sophomore, he will likely be shifting on subsequent season. In spite of everything he has endured to regain his confidence, Adams feels prepared, as soon as once more, to play on basketball’s largest stage.
Morgan Workman wrote this story as a journalism scholar at Salt Lake Group Faculty. It’s printed as a part of a brand new collaborative together with nonprofits Amplify Utah and The Salt Lake Tribune.