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Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Jordan Adams closing in on decision

By Chris Hansen
HoopGurlz

Jordan Adams
Jordan Adams is the No. 6 prospect in the 2012 class and she's closing in on her recruiting decision.

Jordan Adams hears it all the time. The unsolicited advice and projections on where she's going to go to college are unrelenting.

"It's every time I walk into a gym, any gym," Adams said. "My family doesn't do that to me."

But the No. 6-ranked player in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 isn't going to let those voices impact her decision during her stretch recruiting run.

To date she has made four of her five official visits -- to UCLA, USC, and Washington in September, and to Maryland this past weekend. She has her final visit scheduled for Oct. 28-30 at Tennessee.

Jordan Adams
Jordan Adams has her sights set on making the right college choice and has just one official visit left.

One overriding theme has shaped the 6-foot-1 senior guard's view of this decision -- that being a winner and winning games are not one and the same.

"I didn't have the best high school experience," Adams said of her first three years at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. "So I don't want to have the same thing in college for four years. Two national championships and I have all this and all that. We won. That's it."

Don't confuse the rhetoric of the player, who has also won three FIBA gold medals with various USA Basketball national teams, to mean that she doesn't want to win; she just understands that even if she fulfills her goal of playing professionally, there won't be millions of dollars in her savings account to cushion her post-basketball life.

"You have to ask yourself, 'If basketball was taken away from me, would you still want to be there?' "

So Adams is seeing her process through to the finish, even as the process itself wears on her. She's looking for some very specific things. Of her five finalists she sees the coaching staffs as a clear strength of each. But something has to separate them if she's going to make a decision in a couple of weeks' time.

Trust.

"I figure if this college is in my plans, this isn't the end," Adams said. "For me a coach has to not just tell me what I can do for them, but what you'll do for me, too. If I'm going to run through brick walls for you, which I will, I have to know you're on the other side."

In her recruitment process, the five-star prospect from Irvine, Calif., is right where she wants to be.

"All the visits I've taken, I could go to that school," Adams said.

The negative recruiting tactics haven't reared their heads too much in Adams' recruiting, but she still has a firm grip on the negatives of each option, as well as the positives. Some of her schools are stronger academically in her eyes while others haven't danced in March as recently. And some are a long way from Irvine.

Adams is getting close. She'll have roughly two weeks after her visit to Knoxville to make her decision if she is to sign a National Letter of Intent during the early period, Nov. 9-15.

Signing early is definitely in the cards for Adams. She's done her research and has strong opinions. And while she won't say it out loud, she really doesn't want yours.

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Chris Hansen is the national director of prospects for ESPN HoopGurlz and covers girls' basketball and women's college basketball prospects nationally for ESPN.com. A graduate of the University of Washington with a communications degree, he has been involved in the women's basketball community since 1998 as a high school and club coach, trainer, evaluator and reporter. He is a member of the McDonald's All-American team selection committee. Hansen can be reached at chris.hansen@espn.com.