Even more on Adams
This is nothing major, but this is an email I received from Sue Pene, the Player Development Officer for Team New Zealand. I thought I would share the info she has provided.
He from my home town of Rotorua, here is some background. We have tried to get Steven to play for our Junior Tall Blacks this year, who have a FIBA Qualifying Tournament in September, unfortunately we believe Kenny has instructed Steven not to play for the JTBs - possibly due to wishing to get him into a college in the USA.
Background Information for Steven Adams
Height: 6' 11"
Sister is Valerie Vili - World & Olympic Shot Put Champion
Family live in Rotorua, New Zealand (moved to Wellington to play for Kenny McFadden)
Father passed away in 2007, mother lives in Rotorua, with two sisters. His sister Gabby (born 1992) is a member of the New Zealand Junior Tall Ferns. Family is from low socio economic background
Currently attending Scotts College, Wellington, New Zealand (not a basketball college - but has been good for him academically)
Was named MVP at National U17(2009) & U19(2010) Tournaments.
Member of Emerging Junior Tall Blacks (U17) in 2009 who lost to Australia 2 - 1 for FIBA Oceania Qualifiers
Started playing representative basketball for Rotorua in 2007.
Athletic, generally plays inside the paint.