Auburn’s coaching staff has been all over the country scouting and looking for big men that can come in and provide immediate help.
Georgia Perimeter College associate head basketball coach David Dennis thinks the Tigers found a perfect fit in forward Shareif Aduma, who signed with Auburn Tuesday.
“He’s walking into a great situation,” Dennis said. “The great thing about it is they have a need for him. They need for him to shoot the ball and score and rebound and that’s what he does well.
“He should step in and make an immediate impact.”
Adamu, 6-foot-8 and 223 pounds, was actually used a 6th man by GPC last season. Dennis was very impressed with Adamu’s willingness to accept his role.
“Probably the most impressive thing about Shareif for us this year was the fact of him being unselfish because easily he should have started for us,” Dennis said. “But for us to be successful and for us to win 25 games, we needed him to be that guy that carried our second group.
“He never complained or argued or fussed. He said, ‘Whatever we need to be successful, I have no problem doing.’ Clearly the young man that was ahead of him couldn’t hold a candle to him. We had the Player of the Year in the league this year and down the stretch Shareif actually outplayed him.”
Adamu averaged 9.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game helping GPC to a 25-8 record. He shot 57 percent from the field, 30 percent from 3-point range and 62 percent from the free throw line.
“He has a very good basketball IQ and is very coachable,” he said. “You can tell Shareif something and he picks it up and he understands it. He’s a tremendous shooter for his size. He shoots the 3 well but that 17- or 18-footer, he knocks it down all day long.
“Probably the one thing about him is he can face-up or play with his back to the basket. I think that’s one of the best things about him -- his versatility. He rebounds above the rim with both elbows above the rim.”
Dennis said Adamu won’t have any problems adapting to Auburn coach Tony Barbee’s hard-nosed style of coaching.
“He’s the kind of kid that can take coaching. Sometimes as coaches our language can be somewhat unfavorable but the vocabulary doesn’t bother him at all and actually gets him to play a little tougher, a little harder.”
In his year at GPC, Adamu impressed Dennis with his commitment to do things right in the classroom and in the community.
“He’s a good, solid young man,” he said. “He’s going to be a low maintenance guy. He’s going to go to class and get his work done. We never had any issues with him off the court. He comes from a very good family and he’s very respectful.”
Adamu will bring at least one unique experience to Auburn’s team next season. He played in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a freshman at Alabama State nearly doubling his average scoring 8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in a 70-61 loss to Texas-SanAntonio.
Auburn hasn’t been to the Big Dance since 2003.