St. Bonaventure men’s basketball junior Jaylen Adams is the Intrepid’s 2016 Male Athlete of the Year.
The award was voted on by Intrepid sports staffers and contributors as well as St. Bonaventure athletic director Tim Kenney, who received a guest vote. Voters were able to choose any Division I male athlete who competed for Bonaventure in the 2016 calendar year. Others receiving votes were junior baseball player Aaron Phillips and basketball alums Marcus Posley and Dion Wright.
Adams averaged 19.3 points on 45 percent shooting along with five assists in conference play last season, helping lead the Bonnies to 14 conference wins and a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship. The 6-foot-2 point guard played his best against some of the A-10’s best teams, with 31-point performances at St. Joseph’s and at Dayton. His incredible season earned him All-Atlantic 10 First Team and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District honors.
This preseason, Adams received many honors, including being chosen as an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated and landing a spot on the All-Atlantic 10 preseason first team.
The Baltimore native has backed up the hype, entering New Year’s Eve as the fourth-leading scorer in the country at 23.5 points per game. If he can keep his performance going deep into conference play, he should be the first Atlantic 10 Player of the Year since Andrew Nicholson in 2012.
Adams could be the best point guard in Bona history when it’s all said and done.