/N.B.A. Hopeful’s Scar Tells a Tale of Determination

N.B.A. Hopeful’s Scar Tells a Tale of Determination

Adams set Wyoming’s single-season scoring record with 740 points. His 24.7 points per game during the 2015-16 season led the Mountain West Conference and ranked third in the country. Though he stands only 5 feet 9 inches, his 45-inch vertical leap caught the attention of the Denver Nuggets, who brought Adams onto their 2016 summer league squad.


Adams heading to the basket in the game against Phoenix. A former Wyoming basketball star, he played five months last season in Russia after recovering from severe injuries sustained in a car crash.

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He had hoped that showcasing his skills in Las Vegas in 2016 would earn him an N.B.A. contract, but he left without an offer and turned to his backup plan, signing a two-year contract with Avtodor Saratov in Russia. The car crash occurred one week before he was to go to Russia.

After Adams’s Grand Cherokee came to a halt, he pushed open the passenger door and assessed the damage. He said his first thought when he saw the scrunched and totaled vehicle was, “My mom is going to kill me.” He felt…

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