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Anrio Adams

It was no secret that Anrio Adams butted heads with one of Washington's most accomplished young coaches during his first three years of high school at Franklin in Seattle.

His reputation as an enigma gained momentum after leaving Franklin mid-season as a junior, transferring to rival Garfield, then being linked to the programs at South Kent School in Connecticut and St. Patrick in New Jersey before finally winding up at Rainier Beach (Seattle).

A November commitment to Kansas seemed to come out of nowhere and questions were raised as to why the storied program would risk an association with Adams.

Thursday at the Class 3A/4A Hardwood Classic, the 6-foot-3 guard showed fans at the Tacoma Dome exactly why Bill Self is willing to gamble. Adams did as he pleased in a 67-51 win over a Mountlake Terrace squad that entered the contest with a 23-1 record, notching a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

He even injected a little life into a sleepy crowd for the 9 a.m. start with an over-the-head reverse dunk in the second half.

Adams – regarded as a Top 100 player nationally until he fell off the radar last summer – is averaging 20.8 points per game this season. Should he lead Rainier Beach (25-3) to the Class 3A state title, the future Jayhawk would have a strong state player of the year resume. It will be interesting to see how his track record of transfers will affect his candidacy.

Rainier Beach takes on University (Spokane) in tomorrow's semifinals.

Jackson's rising star

Last year Henry Jackson (Mill Creek) sent high-scoring guard Brett Kingma to the University of Oregon.

The school's next big star played his first game Thursday on the state's biggest stage and didn't disappoint.

Jason Todd, a 6-5 sophomore wing-forward, piled up 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Timberwolves fell in overtime to Union (Vancouver), 66-65.

Without much size on the Jackson roster, Todd spent much of the time posting up in the paint against Union. While the Timberwolves struggled to get him touches inside against a collapsing zone defense, he did plenty of damage in transition and facing and driving from the free throw line.

He also did a nice job defensively against Union standout Jordan Chatman, a BYU signee.

Don't get the wrong idea, Todd doesn't project as an undersized power forward at the next level. He has true guard/wing skills and should develop into a highly-recruited prospect and one of Washington's premier names in the coming two years.