On Jan. 4, Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams tweeted out — to paraphrase — that despite what critics have said, he wouldn’t trade his current group of teammates for anything.
Adams has been the undisputed leader of the Cowboys this season — on and off the floor. He leads the team in virtually every statistical category, and enters Wednesday’s game at San Jose State fourth in the nation in scoring at 24.8 points per game.
Adams scored a season-low 12 points in UW’s 59-57 home win over UNLV last Saturday. He did a lot of other things well in that game despite shooting 3 of 14 from the field and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. He had a game-high five assists, was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line and added two steals and two blocked shots.
Simply put, the Cowboys don’t win that game without Adams.
But other guys stepped up in a big way. Junior guard Jason McManamen made a career-high five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 17 points. True freshman forward
Jordan Naughton came off the bench and recorded career-bests with 11 points and five rebounds. Sophomore guard Alexander Aka Gorski added 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
On Monday, I asked Adams about those guys, and others, who stepped up and helped UW win that game. Prior to that win, UW had not won a game this season unless Adams scored at least 19 points.
“It was awesome, especially with all the critques that this team has received about being young or being a one-man show,” Adams said. “No one on this team —myself or coach (Larry Shyatt) included — has thought that at any point. They kind of silenced the critics.”
UW will need a similar effort at San Jose State and throughout the conference season. It also would be nice to see Adams rediscover his shooting touch. Over the last two games he’s a combined 2 of 14 from 3-point range, and 8 of 36 over the last five.
But again, Adams does a lot of other things than just scoring that helps UW be competitive and win games.
For more on the San Jose State game, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.