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Pitt's Steven Adams Wins New Zealand U21 National Championship And Is Named MVP

Jamie Dixon is going to be smiling over having Steven Adams this fall (Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE
Jamie Dixon is going to be smiling over having Steven Adams this fall (Jamie Rhodes-US PRESSWIRE

Pitt recruit Steven Adams was nothing short of dominant in the New Zealand Under 21 / U21 National Championships this week. As I wrote on Friday, Adams was having a good tournament, and that continued into the weekend as his Wellington team won the championship.

Individually, Adams also showed off his scoring ability throughout the team's six games.

Adams' team defeated Harbour 84-81 in the final in overtime. He scored 24 points in that game and averaged just under 25 points for the entire event. Over his team's six games, Adams topped 20 points six times and also had a tournament-high 38 in one contest. The fewest he scored in any game was 15. For his efforts, he also was named the Most Valuable Player.

I've been unable to find any other stats on rebounds or assists, but the rebounding will be there at Pitt as should the defense, so I'm less concerned how he did there. But the scoring from him is good to see because adjusting to the college game offensively is something I could see him struggling a bit with. I went over this ad nauseum about Khem Birch previously, but it's hard for freshmen to step in right away and be big time scorers.

Regardless, he'll look pretty good in a Pitt uniform this season.

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