Throughout the summer, GoBonnies.com will feature interviews with members of the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team and their preparation for the 2017-18 season during off-season workouts. Our series wraps up with by featuring senior Jaylen Adams.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. - Through his play over the past three seasons, St. Bonaventure senior Jaylen Adams had already opened his fair share of eyes around the Atlantic 10 and the nation.
So, entering this summer, there were few people around the country who didn't know about Adams' talent.
After this summer, however, the talent of the Bonnies point guard is even more well-known.
It has been an interesting past four months for the Baltimore native who has ignited the Reilly Center crowd since his arrival on campus three years ago.
First, Adams submitted his name for evaluation by NBA teams at workouts during the early portion of the summer. He put his name into the NBA Draft process in April, thanks to NCAA rules that allow student-athletes to declare for the draft in order to participate in pre-draft workouts and receive feedback from NBA teams without hiring an agent.
As was the plan all along, Adams got that valuable feedback before withdrawing his name from NBA Draft consideration to return to St. Bonaventure for his senior season.
Then, for the second straight summer, Adams earned an invite to the prestigious adidas Nations Camp. There, he continued to open eyes of coaches and scouts, garnering an adidas Nations All-Star honor against some of the top competition the NCAA has to offer.
All that has St. Bonaventure fans eagerly awaiting the start of the 2017-18 season where Adams re-joins fellow All-Atlantic 10 guard Matt Mobley to form a backcourt duo that puts itself in the argument for best in the nation.
What do you hope to accomplish in your senior season?
I want to get to the NCAA Tournament. That's been the goal for me since day one, and I think with this team that it is very possible. We are capable of doing it.
Does the team talk about having high expectations around the program this year?
We talk about it, we know what is going on. We kind of try to tune it out. We have been at the bottom before, and now going for the top. We prepare the same way.
What's the biggest thing you worked on during the summer?
I worked on my body a little bit, and to get closer with my teammates so we can work better come fall and winter.
What was the experience of working out in front of NBA scouts like earlier this summer?
It was fun; it was a real learning experience. I got to play in front of GM's and coaches and get my name out there. I learned a lot and I had a lot of fun doing it.
What was the best feedback you got during the process?
Just to keep doing what I am doing. That's why I came back to school, they told me I was on the right path.
How do you feel you've improved during your time at St. Bonaventure?
I think I've gotten more mature. I've been playing a lot since freshman year and I think I've gotten a lot more comfortable in spots. I think at the end of the day it has been maturity and it has taken my game to new levels.
It's no secret that you and Matt Mobley are one of the best backcourt duos in the nation. What makes you guys such a great combination?
We hang out a lot off the court, we get along. On the court, we know what we are looking for, we know where we are going to be on the court. We know we have to be aggressive; we're both seniors and we understand what's at stake. I think we are prepared for it.
Who has been most impressive in summer workouts?
All of our young guys in particular. They're going hard in the weight room and on the court.
Getting to know... Jaylen Adams
Favorite athlete: Dwyane Wade
Favorite food: Steak
Actor that would play you in a movie: Will Smith
Matt says he's the best 2K player on the team, is that true? False statement. He's probably third on the power rankings right now behind me and Courtney Stockard.
Favorite TV show: Martin
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite music artist: J-Cole
If you were to play another sport it would be: Football
If you could trade places for a day with someone it would be: Money Mayweather
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