There’s no shortage of Bona basketball fans who think highly of Jaylen Adams. Look no further than the program’s all-time team, which was announced in November. Less than two years removed from the Brown and White, Adams was voted the No. 3 overall player in program history. He finished behind Andrew Nicholson and the legendary Bob Lanier.
“It’s really special,” Adams said. “It’s an attribute to all of the work and time I put in there. Those are special names, and to be mentioned with them, I won’t take that for granted.”
Adams, who finished his Bona career sixth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,912 points, said he still keeps in close contact with his teammates and coaches, especially Bona head coach Mark Schmidt.
In fact, he still carries the same chip on his shoulder that he had in college. Everything is earned, not given.
“Mark Schmidt,” Adams said with a laugh. “That’s his go-to. Going to Bonas, nobody expected us to win games or anything, so I keep that chip on my shoulder at all times.”
Adams said, “Schmidt will text me here and there. ,The assistants will too. Sometimes I’ll text him and let him know that he should’ve drawn up a play differently, or for another guy. He’s my guy, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity he gave me.”
Since Schmidt started at Bonaventure nearly 13 years ago, two players, Adams and Andrew Nicholson, have gone on to play in the NBA. More than 20 others have played professionally overseas. Adams said Schmidt’s ability to develop college players into professional players stem from his ability to get the most out of his players.
“He’s a stickler for the little things, “Adams said. “You’ve got to pay your rent every day, and he makes sure his players are always working. Those are good traits to have. His mindset and what he preaches stick with his players at all levels.”
Those traits, according to the top-scoring guard in Bonaventure history, should be enough for a recruit to be interested in playing for Schmidt.
“I know Bonaventure isn’t for everybody,” Adams said, “but if it is for you, you’ll have a good coaching staff and a good community that will always support each other, especially on the basketball side. It’s a good place for the under-recruited and the underdogs.”
“Yeah, man. Bona’s will always be home,” Adams said, adding that he is “forever appreciative.”
Editor's note: This is Part 2 of Michael Hogan's article about his interview with Jaylen Adams. To read Part 1, click Former Bona Basketball Star Jaylen Adams Remains Humble, Confident and Ready for Anything
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