Anrio ‘Rio’ Adams, who starred at Rainier Beach High, has been granted his release by Kansas and may consider transferring to Washington.
The 6-3, 190-pound combo guard played just one season for the Jayhawks. He averaged just 1.1 points in 3.5 minutes while appearing in 24 games.
“Rio is a heckuva talent, but he just had a lot to learn,” Rainier Beach coach Mike Bethea said. “He just needs to be patient. It was one of those thing where Rio was thinking he could come in, step on the court and play right away. That’s not the case at a place like Kansas. Heck, even Ben McLemore had to redshirt.”
Adams said via twitter Wednesday morning he’s considering transferring to Arizona, Washington, Oregon or UCLA. The post has been deleted.
“Rio can be a good fit anywhere,” Bethea said. “He just has to understand the situation he’s getting into and accept that situation.”
Two years ago, Adams was one of the biggest basketball prospects in the Pacific Northwest.
He won the Associated Press 3A state Player of the Year award as a senior after averaging 21.0 points, 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds. He led Rainier Beach to a 3A state title with a 27-3 record in 2011-12, including a 15-0 league mark.
Adams was considered a four-star recruit ranked No. 91 overall by ESPN and 98 overall by rivals.com. He committed to Kansas in November, 19 2011.
Adams has a history of bouncing between schools. He spent 3 1/2 years at Franklin High before transferring mid-season as a junior to rival Garfield. He was linked to noted basketball programs at South Kent School in Connecticut and St. Patrick in New Jersey before finally winding up at Rainier Beach.
“When he was with us, he understood what it was and where he was,” Bethea said. “He understood the urgency. He was a senior. He didn’t have an offer on the table. … He had Kansas, but he didn’t sign with them until later in the year. They wanted to make sure he was going to do the things he needed to do before bringing him in. Rio is a good kid. Really good kid. You hope he’s learned a little bit from this latest situation and it’s helped him grow up a bit.”
AROUND THE PAC-12:
— Aaron Gordon explained how he used an analytical process to choose Arizona.
— Oregon loses four seniors, who accounted for 57 percent of the scoring and 59 percent of the rebounding.
— Steve Alford didn’t impress Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers during Tuesday’s press conference when he was formally introduced as UCLA’s newest men’s basketball coach. Simers writes: “This might be the first time UCLA actually hired a dead man. Yeesh, the John Wooden statue outside of Pauley had more life to it than Steve Alford, the robot who sputtered nonstop platitudes while never once answering a question directly.”
— Alford spent some time during the presser defending questionable decisions and actions in his past particularly his defense of a former Iowa player accused of sexual assault.
— UCLA sophomore guard Norman Powell would have transferred to San Diego State if the Bruins didn’t fire former coach Ben Howland.
— Across town in LA, newly hired coach Andy Enfield said he wants to “create national brand” at USC, with plans to recruit locally, nationally and internationally.
— More on the Pac-12/Ed Rush story. Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen said the best option is for Rush to retire.
— Rutgers fired coach Mike Rice.