There was something to be learned about Jordan Adams from the five words he said during a news conference Sunday after helping UCLA advance to an NCAA South Regional semifinal with a win over Stephen F. Austin. Adams and Kyle Anderson, teammates and roommates, were asked about the Bruins' making the tournament's round of 16 for the first time since 2008. Anderson, speaking first, answered by talking about how much the accomplishment meant to UCLA's basketball program, and how there was still plenty of work to be done. When Anderson finished, Adams bobbed his head, as is his habit, leaned into the microphone and deadpanned: "Pretty much what he said." That's Adams, unassuming and straightforward. "Jordan, he's basic," Anderson said. "He listens to music. We play video games. He likes to hang out and enjoy the moment. That's him." Off the court, sure. On it, there is another persona. "Silent assassin," Adams said, smirking. There are times during games when Adams seems to pop up out of nowhere to get a rebound, bat a pass or just take the ball away from an opponent. You know, basic stuff. Need a dagger shot with fans screaming, the clock ticking down and the game on the line? Adams and his barely detectable pulse rate show up. "He can go 10 minutes without scoring and, all of sudden, he wears you down with his movement," Coach Steve Alford said. "He can score 10 points in four minutes." Or a very important two in a couple of seconds. UCLA and Arizona were tied with 54 seconds remaining in the Pac-12 Conference championship game when, during a timeout, Alford unveiled exactly the right plan for his team. "I come into the huddle and I said, 'How about Money?'" the coach recalled. "And the guys start cheering and jumping around." On the "Money" play, Adams came off a screen and sank a go-ahead-for-good three-pointer, then later barely lifted an eyebrow when asked about the shot. "I don't believe in pressure," Adams said, playfully bobbing his head. "You can't get wrapped up in your mind."
UCLA's Jordan Adams keeps it basic — a complication for opponents
Los Angeles Times | Mar 25