Five Seniors Conclude Memorable Wyoming Career
Game Tips at 11:40 a.m. MT in KeyArena in Seattle
Game is Rematch of 2006 Conference Championship Game
Adams Named MW Tournament MVP
Pokes Advance to MW Title Game for Second Time in School History
USATSI photos of MW Tournament -- 3/13/15
NCAA Basketball: Utah State at Wyoming (USATSI)
Men's Basketball defeated Nevada, 64-58; Credit: USA Today (USATSI)
USATSI photos men's basketball -- 2/7/15
Wyoming vs. Boise State
2014-15: Josh Adams proved to a leader on the 2014-15 Wyoming squad that won a Mountain West tournament title for its first NCAA tournament berth since 2001-02. He was the conference tournament's MVP and earned all-tournament honors after being named to the All-MW Third Team during the regular season. Adams was one three Cowboys to play in all 35 games and missed just one start due to Senior Night. His 12.8 points per game were second on the team and eighth in the league, while his 3.6 assists paced the Pokes and ranked third in the MW. He added 3.3 rebounds per contest and a team-high 1.4 steals, while shooting 44 percent from the field, 32 percent beyond the arc and 74 percent at the free throw line. He scored in double figures in 26 games, including seven contests with more than 20 points, and became the 34th Cowboy to reach 1,000 career points on March 4 against Utah State. His top performance was a season-high 27 points against Boise State in the MW tournament semifinals on March 13. He also made a career-high four threes four times during the season and had four or more assists in 15 games, including a career-high eight versus Utah State on March 4. He also had one of the more memorable plays of the season as he made the go-ahead three with a minute left against San Diego State in the MW title game.
2013-14: Adams had a breakout season in 2013-14 for Wyoming, as he started 32 games for the Cowboys. He averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 32.4 minutes per game on 48 percent from the field and 31 percent from deep. He paced the Pokes in assists, while ranking second in points and third in minutes and field goal percentage. His 25 total steals on the season were second on the team. Adams scored in double figures in seven of Wyoming's last eight games, including four-straight games with 20 or more points to become the first Cowboy to accomplish the feat since December of 2010. Two of his dunks in UW's last three games were also featured on ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10. On the season he scored in double figures in 20 contests. His top performance was 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks at UNLV on March 13. He notched a career-high 29 points against Boise State on March 1 and also posted a career-high eight assists against Utah State on Feb. 1. He played more than 30 minutes in all but eight contests during the season.
2012-13: After beginning the season as the sixth man, 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 criminal justice at Wyoming. He was also recruited by Northern Colorado, Portland, Boston College, Hawai'i and South Dakota.