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2012-13: After beginning the season as the sixth man, Josh Adams started the last 26 games of the 2012-13 season for Wyoming. He scored in double figures in 10 games, including three of the last four contests to average 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He notched a career-high 15 points and four assists in his first career start against Illinois State on Dec. 4 and added four assists in two more games during the season. On the defensive end, Adams had 27 steals and eight blocks for fourth on the team in each category. He notched a career-high two blocks against Boise State on Jan. 9 and added a career-high four steals at Boise State on Feb. 9. Known for making big plays at key moments, Adams was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 twice during the season. His block against Boise State on Jan. 9 was featured as the No. 9 play, while his assists on Nathan Sobey's game-winning three against Lehigh on March 19 was the No. 2 play. Adams' 26 starts in 2012-13 were the most by a true freshman at UW since Brandon Ewing started 32 in 2005-06. He was also one of only three Pokes to play in all 34 games during the season. He ended the season with a career-high 41 minutes of action against Western Michigan on March 25. In the classroom, he was named to the MW Academic-All Conference team.
Before Wyoming: One of the top point guards in the state of Colorado, Adams used his physical skills and aggressive play to lead Class 5A Chaparral High School under coach Rob Johnson.
During his senior season in 2011-12, Adams helped guide the Wolverines to a 25-3 overall record and state championship, including making the game-winning shot in the title game. He averaged 18.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game to earn First-Team All-Conference and All-State honors. He was also named to the Denver Post's All-Colorado team. Adams shot 47 percent from the field during the season, including 32 percent from deep.
During his junior campaign, Adams posted 16.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game to pace the Wolverines to a 15-11 record and appearance in the "Sweet 16" of the state tournament. He shot 44 percent from the field, including 34 percent behind the arc, while collecting 1.3 steals per contest. For his efforts, he was named First-Team All-Conference and Second-Team All-State honors.
As a sophomore, Adams was the sixth man at Chaparral, as the team went 19-5 to advance to the second round of the state tournament. He averaged 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game during the season.
Adams was an AAU teammate of fellow UW player Austin Haldorson with the Next Level under-17 Elite Team and was coached by former Duke player Marty Clark.
Personal: The son of Phillip and Stephanie Adams, Josh was born on Nov. 16, 1993, in Phoenix, Ariz. He has a younger sister, Jaylen, and an older brother, Jordan, who was a junior on the Western State basketball team in 2012-13. Josh is majoring in business administration at Wyoming. He was also recruited by Northern Colorado, Portland, Boston College, Hawai'i and South Dakota.