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Girls basketball: Recruiting heats up for Gulf's Nicole Adams

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Mon. November 29, 2010 | Bryan Burns

Nicole Adams, the reigning St. Petersburg Times North Suncoast girls basketball player of the year, has seen her recruiting stock rise of late.

Adams is on the radar of a number of schools. Kennesaw State, Houston Baptist, Mercer, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Dartmouth, Idaho and Tulsa have all requested film of the 5-foot-9 shooting guard.

Of those interested schools, Kennesaw State, Houston Baptist, Mercer and Dartmouth have told Adams they're flying in to watch her in action at an upcoming game. Adams hopes to start landing some offers soon after.

"After the holiday break, I should get a different vibe from the schools once they get tape," Adams said. "They have to see how I play to see if I'm the right fit."

A season after Adams put up 18.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game, the senior guard has significantly increased her scoring output and is averaging 31.5 points through four games.

"My approach this year is really just to go all out for the team," Adams said. "It's my final year. We have three other seniors on the varsity, and I really want to go out with a bang with them and have some really good memories."

Adams said she doesn't have a favorite school right now, although her parents and Gulf head coach Mike Quarto are pushing for Dartmouth because of the school's academic prestige. Adams was in Gulf's IB program for three years and is dual-enrolled at Gulf and Pasco-Hernando Community College as a senior. She carries a 4.2 weighted GPA.

"They have a good balance between academics and basketball," Adams said of Dartmouth. "But really, what I'm looking for is the school that fits me best."

Adams had an offer from a Division-I school in the midwest -- both she and Quarto declined to name the school -- but decided not to sign with that school during the early signing period and move on. Since the end of the early signing period, Adams has garnered significantly more interest but has yet to receive another offer.

"I think that these schools are going to be very happy when they come in and see her play," Quarto said.

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