Share This Page

Dixon: Adams' decision to turn pro was to provide for family

| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:18 p.m.

Steven Adams might have stunned Pitt fans by declaring for the NBA Draft after insisting he would return, but Panthers coach Jamie Dixon knew better.

“I wouldn't say we were totally caught off-guard,” Dixon said Wednesday. “Unexpected might be too strong of a word.”

Dixon said he and Adams, a 7-foot freshman from New Zealand, had been discussing the decision for months.

Even though Adams indicated his preference was to remain in school, Dixon was aware that he might go pro to help provide for his family. Adams has 17 siblings.

“We felt it was the best thing for his family, to put his name in the draft,” Dixon said. “It's tough because I think he really loved it here, loved Pittsburgh, loved his teammates, so it's hard.”

Adams averaged 7.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and led the Panthers (24-9) in blocked shots (65) and field-goal percentage (.571) and was named to the Big East All-Rookie team.

Dixon said he spoke with NBA contacts throughout the season to gauge Adams' stock, and assured that “it wasn't a scramble” to see where Adams was projected and determined that he had first-round potential.

“The draft, especially on big guys, is based on where they are going to be down the road in development,” Dixon said. “I know that people may somehow question it, but at the end of the day, he's got the size and the athletic ability.”

Kevin Gorman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at kgorman@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.