ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (St. Bonaventure) St. Bonaventure men’s basketball head coach Mark Schmidt announced on Tuesday that former 11-year NBA veteran Michael Adams will join the staff as an assistant coach.
“We’re fortunate to have a person of Mike’s caliber join our staff,” said Schmidt. “Mike’s resume as a coach coupled with his career in the NBA bring instant credibility to our program. Mike is the type of guy that will impact our team on the court and help us on the recruiting trails. Just as important as his basketball knowledge, Mike is a genuine person who has been a friend of mine for over 25 years. It’s exciting to have coach Adams join our basketball family here at St. Bonaventure.”
A familiar face in the Washington, D.C. region, Adams spent last season as the head coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in D.C., two seasons (2005-07) as an assistant coach under Gary Williams at Maryland, one year as the head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics (2004), and four of his 11 seasons in the NBA as a player with the Washington Bullets (1986-87 and 1991-94).
One of the most proficient three-point shooters in NBA history, Adams’ 11-year career in the league included stints at Sacramento, Washington, Denver and Charlotte. Adams averaged 14.7 points, 6.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds over 653 career games. He led the NBA in three-pointers during the 1987-88 and 1990-91 campaigns, and made at least one three-pointer in 79 straight games from the end of the 1989 season to the start of 1990, placing him second all-time in the NBA record books behind fellow BC alum Dana Barros.
Adams’ best statistical season in the NBA came in 1990-91 with the Denver Nuggets, when he finished fifth in the league scoring race at 26.5 points per game and third in assists at 10.5 per contest. The very next year with Washington, Adams was selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. For his career, Adams finished with six 1,000-point seasons and five with at least 100 three-point field goals.
After a one-year stint as a television analyst for the Washington Bullets, Adams began his coaching career in 1999 as an assistant coach of the Richmond Rhythm in the International Basketball League. Adams helped lead the Rhythm to the 1999 championship game before taking his coaching career to the NBA where served as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Grizzlies in 2000-01 and then in Memphis until the end of the 2001-02 season. In his final season with the Grizzlies, Adams worked with NBA Rookie of the Year and current Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol.
Adams’ time away from D.C. last just a few years until he returned as the head coach of the Washington Mystics in 2004. As the franchise’s seventh head coach, Adams guided the Mystics to a 17-17 regular season record and a playoff berth.
In 2005, Adams started his time at Maryland where he helped the Terps to a 44-22 record over two seasons. Adams was primary duties at Maryland included player development, advanced scouting, game preparation and recruiting. In his first full season on the recruiting trails, Adams helped assemble a 2006 recruiting class that was ranked No. 18 by Rivals.com. Highlighting the recruiting class was Greivis Vasquez, who concluded his career in 2009-10 as the ACC Player of the Year and the recipient of the Bob Cousy Award for the nation’s top point guard.
Adams’ ties to Schmidt going back to their days at Boston College when the duo went to Chestnut Hill as freshmen in 1981 and graduated together in 1985. At BC, Adams finished as the program’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 1,650 points, playing three seasons under the previously mentioned Williams. Adams was selected in the third round of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings and later had his No. 23 at Boston College retired in 1999.
A native of Hartford, Conn. and a standout high school player at Hartford Public High School, Adams was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. In December of 1999, Sport Illustrated named Adams one of the 50 Greatest Connecticut Sports Figures.