Leading the charge: Adams’ strong start driving force for Steers this season

Big Spring guard Luke Adams wasn’t fully aware how big his performance against Odessa Permian was on Nov. 19. Forty-two points was far from where he thought he finished.“I really didn’t,” the senior said. “That’s the crazy thing about it. I didn’t even know how many. I probably thought I had 20, maybe 25.“I guess when you’re playing to win, you don’t really care about points. You just care what’s on that scoreboard.”Maybe it’s that mindset that has opponents taking notice of Adams.At 5-4, the Steers are still trying to shape an identity and there’s a lot more room to grow. Adams has been the constant so far this season.The senior has led the Steers in scoring in all but two games this season, most notably the 42-point game in the Permian loss. He scored 24 against San Angelo Central, 14 against Midland Christian, 32 against El Paso Del Valle, 22 in the second game against Greenwood, 24 against Midland Classical and 25 against Abilene Cooper. Adams has scored in the double-digits in every game this season.Although he believes there is still some things he could improve on, Adams said he believes he is having his best season yet and he’s even more comfortable on the floor compared to last season — a year where he averaged just under 18 points a game on a Steers team that won district. So what’s been the key to the strong start for Adams?Adams credits his teammates for helping him get into position to do what he does best, but even more than that, his experience in the Amateur Athletic Union circuits last season and free-throw shooting this season have done wonders.Adams played for AAU’s New Mexico Force last summer alongside players destined to land at big-time college basketball programs such as Kansas.Adams said being exposed to that helped him improve tremendously, but working with Howard College players helped him even more.Along with his father Mark Adams, head coach of the Howard College men’s basketball team, the senior practiced with the Hawks as much as possible, soaking up any information he could.“I get tips from those guys,” he said. “I play against them every day, shoot with them, learn what they do. Playing pick up with those guys, they’re probably more athletic than the guys I was playing with during the summer.”It can’t be understated how much free-throw shooting has fueled Adams’ season so far. It’s one reason Thompson said Adams is so good.Adams had 19 free-throws in that 42-point performance against Permian and 16 against El Paso Del Valle in the Gym Bice Classic in Andrews.Thompson said Adams has ways of getting to the line and is aware of how to take advantage of that ability.