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Growing pains add to Adams’ basketball skills


Ke’Lyn Adams thought he was going to be a point guard. But life had other plans for the Weatherford College Coyotes basketball player.

12 KAdams“One summer my knees hurt real bad. We went to get it checked, and it was growing pains,” said the 6-foot-4-inch freshman guard/forward from Pearland. “I never thought I’d be this tall. My freshman year of high school I was 5-5.

“It was a little scary. Some days I had trouble just walking, but I pushed through it.”

It was admittedly awkward for Adams, but now he’s finding the skills he developed as a shorter player beneficial and he’s able to use the speed he developed with his height for success.

“The speed factor really helps,” he said. “I can take the post man outside and use my speed to get around him for a layup or rebound.”

Adams has established himself as the Coyotes’ sixth man. At press time he was averaging 11 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block, along with hitting 55 percent of his field goals and nearly 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.

“He’s got guard skills. He’s got all the tools,” Coyotes Head Coach Mark Osina said. “It’s all there. He’s a 6-4 athlete who can shoot, and he’s got the test scores (academically).

“He’s had a lot of games where he’s come in and helped us big.”

Adams would like to move into the starting lineup, but he understands that probably won’t occur until next season since the Coyotes returned all five starters, known as the Sugar Land Five, from last season.

In the meantime, Adams watches and learns.

“I do want to move into the starting lineup, but that’s just me as a competitor,” he said. “But I also like coming off the bench and the tempo never really drops. That’s really critical for a sixth man.”

Adams has two younger brothers, one in sixth grade and one in eighth, along with a 3-year-old sister. The eldest of his brothers is 5-6 and the younger is 5-2, and Adams is already telling them to be prepared for a growth spurt.

“I really think the one who’s 5-6 is going to be taller than me,” he said. “We always kid each other. He says he’s going to dunk on me someday.”

Adams said he hopes he’s not finished growing. He’d like to be around 6-7 when that stops.

“Everybody in my family is 6 feet and above, so I always thought I’d be around 6-1,” he said, adding with a laugh, “I wasn’t surprised when I grew some, and I knew I had some catching up to do. I just didn’t think it would happen all at once.”

by Rick Mauch