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From Stardom to Surgery and Back: Prep Prospect Steven Adams Overcomes Adversity

Being a big man in basketball takes toughness. Just ask Pasadena High standout Center Steven Adams. A top Junior recruit in the 2008-2009 season, the 6′ 9″, 245 pounder averaged over 8 points a game, helping the Bulldogs acheive 22-6 record, and team ranking of 63, statewide. Then, February 2nd, 2009, everything changed, as he underwent a grueling seven hour surgery, removing a benign mass near his brain. After a successful surgery, reality set in; he would miss the remainder of the season, and his chance to shine and improve his college basketball stock. After such a knock down, many people, 17 year olds or not, would have quit. But not Steven Adams, who, after recovering, got his chance to impress on the Summer basketball circuit, and impress he did. Now ranked as 89 on the ESPN Scout Scale, he leads his team, ranked as the 41st best in California, coming into the 2009-2010 season. The Bulldogs have jumped out to a 3-1 record. Adams now comes into the 2009 Christmas Classic as one of the top players in the tournament. If he takes the same toughness to the court that he has off of it, it’s not hard to feel just a little sympathy for his opponents.

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  1. Mo Black
    December 16, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Great story!

  2. tsnidbit
    December 22, 2009 at 4:48 am

    Awesome article. Thanks for bringing in the personal stories. I’d love to see more articles like this. Very well written.

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