Edrice Femi "Bam" Adebayo (born July 18, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats before he was taken 14th overall in the 2017 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.
Adebayo playing in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game
|No. 13 – Miami Heat|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Born||July 18, 1997|
Newark, New Jersey
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall|
|Selected by the Miami Heat|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Adebayo was born on July 18, 1997 in Newark, New Jersey. As a child, he was given the nickname "Bam Bam" by his mother when, while watching The Flintstones at age one, he flipped over a coffee table in a manner similar to the show's character Bamm-Bamm Rubble. Bam is of Yoruba descent.
Adebayo first attended Northside High School in Pinetown, North Carolina. As a junior, he averaged 32.2 points and 21 rebounds a game. During the summer, Adebayo joined his Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, Team Loaded NC, alongside fellow five-star 2016 recruit Dennis Smith Jr. He averaged 15.0 points and 10 rebounds per game on Adidas Uprising Circuit. Later that summer Adebayo competed at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and was named MVP at the 2015 Under Armour Elite 24 game. After his junior season he transferred to High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. In his season debut, Adebayo scored 22 points and 17 rebounds in a 81–39 win over New Garden Friends School. On December 29, he posted 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 91–63 victory over De'Aaron Fox and Cypress Lakes High School. As a senior, Adebayo averaged 18.9 points per game, 13.0 rebounds per game, 1.4 blocks per game and 1.5 assist per game, and led the Cougars to a NCISAA state championship appearance. Adebayo was named 2016 North Carolina Mr. Basketball. In January of 2016, Adebayo played in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic.
Adebayo was rated as a five-star recruit and considered one of the best high school prospects of the 2016 class. Adebayo was ranked as the No.5 overall recruit and No.2 power forward in the 2016 high school class.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Pinetown, North Carolina||High Point Christian Academy||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)||260 lb (120 kg)||Nov 17, 2015|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 7 247Sports: 12 ESPN: 5|
On November 17, 2015, Adebayo committed to the University of Kentucky. He joined fellow freshmen Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox, and Wenyen Gabriel. On December 7, 2016, Adebayo recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds in an 87–67 win against the Valparaiso Crusaders. On February 21, 2017, Adebayo scored 22 points and 15 rebounds to defeat the Missouri Tigers in a 72–62 Victory. As the number one seed entering the SEC Tournament, Kentucky would defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in the quarterfinals and beat Alabama in the semi-finals. On March 12, 2017, Adebayo grabbed 9 rebounds to help the Wildcats defeat Arkansas 82–65 and win the SEC Championship. On March 17, 2017, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Adebayo had 18 rebounds in a 79–70 victory against Northern Kentucky University. In the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Adebayo secured 10 rebounds to help Kentucky defeat Wichita State University. On March 24, 2017, Kentucky defeated the UCLA Bruins in the Sweet sixteen, Adebayo had 12 rebounds in the game. On March 26, 2017, Adebayo scored 13 points and 7 rebounds in a 75–73 loss in the Elite eight against the North Carolina Tar Heels. After losing in the Elite Eight in a heartbreaking fashion, he declared his entry into the 2017 NBA draft on April 5, 2017, with him signing an agent twenty days later. In 38 games for Kentucky in the 2016–17 season, Adebayo averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Miami Heat (2017–present)Edit
Rookie season (2017–18)Edit
On June 22, 2017, Adebayo was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Miami Heat. On July 1, Adebayo signed his rookie scale contract with the Heat, and joined the team for the 2017 NBA Summer League. In his rookie season, Adebayo appeared in 69 games for the Heat and averaged 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
On December 7, 2018, Adebayo recorded 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 115–98 win over the Phoenix Suns. On December 28, Adebayo scored 18 points in a 118–94 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Jordan, Jason (November 17, 2015). "Five-star forward Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo picks Kentucky". USA Today. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
- "Bam Adebayo, Josh Jackson lead team to victory at Under Armour Elite 24". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
- Jordan, Jason (August 15, 2015). "Hoops star Edrice 'Bam' Adebayo to transfer to High Point Christian for senior year". USA Today. Retrieved November 17, 2015.
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- "Bam Adebayo named North Carolina Mr. Basketball". www.247sports.com. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
- Jordan, Jason (February 12, 2016). "Edrice Adebayo's hard work earned him his McDonald's All American Jersey". Www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
- "Bam Adebayo - basketball recruiting - player profiles - ESPN". www.espn.com. Retrieved April 25, 2016.
- "Kentucky Men's Basketball Signs Six in Fall Signing Period". University of Kentucky. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
- Navarro, Manny (June 22, 2017). "Heat select Bam Adebayo with 14th pick". Www.miamiherald.com. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
- "HEAT Signs Bam Adebayo". NBA.com. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- Taylor, Warren (July 1, 2017). "Bam Adebayo signs rookie contract, has great NBA Summer League debut". A Sea of Blue. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
- Winderman, Ira (December 7, 2018). "Adebayo, Dragic power Heat in Phoenix; Dragic to sit out Saturday". Sun-Sentinel.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
- "Justice Winslow, Bam Adebayo lead Miami Heat past Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-94". www.wkyc.com. December 28, 2018. Retrieved December 28, 2018.