By: Tim Andrzejewski (email@example.com)
RiceOwls.com sat down with this year's Men's Basketball Freshman class for a Q&A. The first installment features point guard Ako Adams.
How did the recruiting process go for you?
"It was pretty good. After a while, it became overwhelming. You're always getting calls (from coaches). But, Coach Rhoades and Coach J.D. (Byers) stood out. Because of them, I grew to love Rice."
What was it about the coaching staff and Rice that stood out to you?
"The coaches care a lot. They always have your best interests in mind. With Rice, you get the best of both worlds. You get a good basketball experience as well as a good academic experience."
You've been able to practice with the team for a bit. What has been the biggest difference in the college game from high school for you?
"(The college game) is faster and everyone is stronger. You have to adjust and work hard in the weight room. (Strength & conditioning coach) Don Brown helps us a lot. Also, the intensity of the game and how you have to think are very different."
How have you been able to adjust to the college in general?
"College is a lot more demanding on you. You have to put in more time and effort into everything you do, both in the books and on the court.
What basketball player do you try to model your game after?
"My favorite is (New York Knicks point guard) Brandon Jennings because we're similar. But, I really model my game after (Memphis Grizzlies point guard) Mike Conley. He's aggressive. He's not super-fast, but he's quick."
You are one of seven freshmen on the team. Is it easier going through the transition knowing there are six other guys going through the same thing?
"No question. When you're working out and going through the struggle, to see your brother is right there with you, it makes you go harder knowing that you are doing for him. Even off the court. We'll talk about practice and how it's tough. But, we know we can get through it."
Has there been a returning player that has helped you out?
"Definitely Marcus Evans. We're both point guards so he's teaching me a lot. Also, Chad Lott. They're teaching me a lot; teaching me how Coach Rhoades wants things done. They're also helping me out off the court with academics.
What are your goals for this year?
"I want to win a championship and go to March Madness. That's the ultimate goal. I just want to win games."
What's the best advice you have ever received?
"My mom always told me that everything is a mindset. If you believe that you can do it and you believe that it's going to happen, then it's going to come true. And always put God first."
What are you listening to before a game?
"I'm listening to Shy Glizzy. He's also from Washington D.C."
What is your favorite movie?
"I'd have to say Hitch with Will Smith."
What is your favorite TV show?
"I don't watch TV."
What is your favorite food?
"Chicken wings and french fries."