4 Apr 2013

Adams says the time is right

6:28 am on 4 April 2013

The New Zealand basketball player Steven Adams says he feels now is the best time to attempt to get into the American professional ranks.

Adams has made himself available for June's NBA draft, leaving the University of Pittsburgh after just one season.

Adams is the half brother of double Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams.

Steven Adams says after discussing options with his family and his College coach he felt it is in his best interest to declare for the draft.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon says they fully support Adam's decision to pursue his dreams and in having the opportunity to provide for his family in New Zealand.

Adams made the Big East conference All-Rookie Team and led Pitt in blocked shots, rebounding and field goal percentage this season.

19-year-old Adams is hoping to become the third New Zealander to play in the NBA after Sean Marks and Kirk Penny.