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    Frederick's Lucas Adams gets a hug from his dad Terry after signing his national letter of intent to attend Western State Colorado University on Wednesday. His mother Lindsay, left, sisters Carly and Lauren, and head basketball coach Larry Frank hold the flag behind him.

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    Frederick's Lucas Adams hugs assistant basketball coach Jeff Conway before signing his national letter of intent to attend Western State Colorado University on Wednesday.



FREDERICK — There are a lot of unknowns involved in choosing a school. So Frederick’s Lucas Adams went with a familiar place.

Wednesday night at Frederick High School, the senior point guard signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Western State Colorado University.

Adams said the recruitment process was stressful. He was getting looks from several Division-III and NAIA schools. Western State, he said, was his top choice among the schools that recruited him.

The Warriors hold their team camp at Western State every summer and Adams said he has built a relationship with the coaching staff. He also became comfortable with the friendly, team atmosphere in Gunnison.

“They’re doing incredible things up there,” Adams said. “They’re very similar to Coach (Larry) Frank in a lot of ways. They preach becoming better men in order to become better basketball players. They focus a lot on what’s going on when you’re not playing basketball and when the ball deflates.”

Adams said he felt Western State was a place where he would have help developing a plan for the future, not just playing basketball. But he does have a good shot at getting some immediate playing time.

Head coach Mike Moskowitz and his coaching staff, and their similarities in style and philosophy to the Frederick coaches, were the main things that drew Adams to the Mountaineers.

“I truly believe that God has a plan for everyone and I think this is my plan,” Adams said. “I’m excited to get up there and get things going.”

He wasn’t the only one who was excited. Half the student body showed up to Adams’ signing on Wednesday night. Warriors head coach Larry Frank wasn’t surprised.

Anointing Adams the best team basketball player he’s seen in his seven years at Frederick, Frank said the six-foot point guard was recruited for his leadership and court vision more than anything. The Warriors senior could easily score 20 points and let assists be secondary, Frank said, but he prefers to be an on-court coach and make sure the ball gets where it needs to be.

Frank said Adams holds both the single-season and career records in steals and taking charges at Frederick. Adams broke the school’s single-season record for field goal percentage as a junior and Frank expects him to pass the career assists record at some point during his senior season.

“He’s a coach on the court and that’s something you can’t teach nowadays. He’s just one of those players that does it all,” Frank said. “They’re getting a good, well-balanced student athlete down there.”

Adams averaged 11.2, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game his junior season.

Adams said he wasn’t sure whether to sign early or not. But now that he’s signed, he said the weight of the decision has been lifted and he can focus on his senior season at Frederick.

“I feel so much better than I did when I was undecided,” Adams said. “It feels good to get it off my shoulders and now I’m 120-percent focused on our season here at our high school.”

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