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Marcus Adams Jr. takes next step with Kansas basketball
Marcus Adams Jr. committed to Kansas on Mar. 7. (Courtesy: @marcusadams21/Twitter)

Marcus Adams Jr. takes next step with Kansas basketball

HARBOR CITY, Calif. (BVM) – Marcus Adams Jr. did not find out how player rankings worked until he was in eighth grade. He was unfamiliar with the whole recruiting process and how you actually get to the college basketball level.

Once he realized this, it completely changed his perception of where he wanted to go and how he was going to do it.

“I was like, ‘Oh wow, they get rankings? I want to be up there,’” Adams Jr. said. “I started working out harder, I got more into the game and I focused more.”

Now standing at 6-foot-8, 200 pounds, the Narbonne High School star is the No. 36 player in the 2023 class according to 247 Sports. This past season, he averaged 28.8 points along with 6.8 rebounds.

Prior to the season, Adams Jr. did not have much in terms of recruitment. But a breakout campaign quickly changed that.

Throughout the year, he received 13 Power 5 offers, seven of those coming in the span of a week.

“At first when I started putting in the work, I didn’t see the results. I was thinking, ‘Dang, I’m not gonna make it,’” Adams Jr. said. “I’m grateful. It’s just a blessing.”

On March 7, he announced his commitment to the University of Kansas. Twelve days later, he reclassified from the 2024 class to the 2023 class to get to Lawrence a year earlier.

“Coach Self is a great coach and a great guy,” Adams Jr. said. “I think they can really raise me into a better player.”

The situation is still a bit surreal for him, but he is not done yet. However, he can still look back and appreciate what he has done up to this point.

“My biggest achievement is for sure committing to Kansas,” Adams Jr. said. “It’s another step to getting to my main goal, which is the NBA. They’re one of the biggest schools in the country that sends out a lot of pros with one of the greatest coaches of all time. That’s a really big achievement for me.”

He has goals of winning big at the collegiate level, but for Adams Jr., It is more than just basketball.

“I want to always give back to the community,” Adams Jr. said. “Whether that is in Los Angeles where I’m from or in Kansas. Whatever I have to do, I’ll do.”