Only a few days removed from saying he was leaving Kansas to play closer to home, Rio Adams appears to be having a change of heart.
According to Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World, Adams is having second thoughts about transferring and will meet with Bill Self on Monday.
“I’m speaking with coach [Bill Self] on Monday. I’ve decided to stick it out,” Adams said.
“I didn’t get what I expected, but there have been other players in the past who have worked hard, and eventually it pays off. The scholarship is still there. Coach said we could talk Monday (when he returns from Final Four). I’m deciding to stay.”
Adams probably came to Kansas expecting to play more than 3.5 minutes a game and score more than 1.1 points. But Adams found himself below Naadier Tharpe as the first guard off the bench then splitting time with Andrew White and Niko Roberts when things got tight for the Jayhawks.
Still, retaining Adams, a four-star shooting guard when he was being recruited last year, would be very nice for Kansas. While KU will bring in three guards in this season’s recruiting class, Kansas will likely be losing their entire starting backcourt from the 2012-2013 season should Ben McLemore choose to leave for the NBA. Retaining a scoring talent like Adams would add depth to a bench that lacked depth last season, and he should see more minutes as the new freshman try to find their way. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if a starting backcourt included Wayne Selden, Tharpe, and Adams at the beginning of the season.
Worst case scenario? We get to see more of this: