"He’s about 6′10″, 6′11″, and about 225 or 230 pounds," says Kenny McFadden, Adams’ coach in Wellington, as well as the Development Officer of basketball in the country. But I think he’s going to eventually be over 7′0″ feet. He’s only sixteen."
"We played professionally in New Zealand together many years ago," says McFadden, who played for George Raveling at Washington State. "And we have been friends ever since. When Jamie was down here for the World Championships, we sat down and I told him about my players. He was interested in Rob Loe (6′11″ center) at the time, but he went to play at St. Louis. And I told him about Steve, and I told him that he was even better. He is bigger and more skilled than Rob was."
As for the future for Adams, McFadden doesn’t mince words. "His aspirations are to play in the NBA and I think he can. We’ve had a few others from here play in the league, like Sean Marks (9-year veteran who played at California), and he is going to be better than all of them."
"When I went on my visit there it was like a family," Johnson said, "the coaches can be like father figures to me and that’s important because I don’t want to go to college just for basketball…I want to become a good man too."