ATLANTA – St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams will have the opportunity to pursue dreams of playing in the NBA after signing with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
Adams, who worked out for 13 teams across the country during the lead up to Thursday’s NBA Draft, signed a two-way deal with the Hawks after working out at the team’s facility earlier this month. The deal was first announced by ESPN NBA insider at St. Bonaventure graduate Adrian Wojnarowski.
An Honorable Mention All-American selection by the Associated Press following his senior season, Adams’ name is written throughout the Bonaventure record books.
Over his career, Adams was a three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection. He is the top scoring guard in school history with 1,912 points. He also ranks second on the team’s all-time list for three-pointers (270) and third in assists (590). Over his four seasons, Adams helped the Bonnies to 87 wins, which is the most ever for a graduating class.
Adams was the fourth-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 19.1 points per game this past year and earned A-10 Co-Player of the Year honors. The Baltimore, Md., native also ranked third in the A-10 in assists (5.2 per game) and in three-point field goal percentage (.436), fifth in three-pointers per game (2.7), seventh in steals (1.5) and sixth in free throw percentage (.851). Adams’ season included two games of 40-plus points with 40 at Duquesne and a career high 44 against Saint Louis, a game in which he set a school record with 10 three-pointers. He scored in double figures 24 times with 12 games of 20-plus points.
The Hawks have NBA Summer League action in Utah and Las Vegas and that could be Adams’ first stop on the way to earning a roster spot for the 2018-19 season, though that has not been confirmed.