Eastern Kentucky has signed former Kansas Jayhawks guard Rio Adams, head coach Dan McHale announced on Thursday. Adams will be eligible to play immediately for the Colonels and has one season of eligibility remaining.
The 6-4 guard was a 4-star recruit and Top 100 player coming out of high school and played in 24 games for Kansas as a freshman during the 2012-13 season. His best performance as a Jayhawk was an 11-point effort against Texas in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.
But over the course of the season, Adams only averaged 1.1 points during an average of 3.5 minutes per game, so he transferred out of Kansas to Ohio University in search of more playing time. Adams then left Ohio after only two months on campus, never playing a game for the Bobcats, and opted instead to transfer to Odessa College in Texas, where he averaged 12.9 points per game and shot 40.5 percent from three-point range.
Eastern Kentucky ranked 18th in the country in scoring offense (80.5 points per game) last season, so Adams will have plenty of opportunities to showcase the offensive talent that made him so highly coveted coming out of high school.
Adams will be expected to contribute immediately to Eastern Kentucky after the team's disappointing 2015-16 season, which saw the Colonels go 15-16 in Dan McHale’s first season as head coach.