On Friday, former University of Indianapolis standout Darius Adams will have a chance to make an NBA roster. The Decatur, Illinois native received an invitation from the Dallas Mavericks to join their NBA Summer league team.
"I'm looking forward to going out and competing and just showing that I belong," Adams said to UIndy athletics. "I always felt it in my heart that I'd get a shot, but it takes a little more time for other people to catch on. You've just got to keep working hard because you never know what's going to happen."
Since 2004, the NBA Summer League has given NBA prospects a chance to demonstrate their talents in hopes of making an NBA roster. It has also been used to give NBA coaches a chance to see their rookies in action before the start of training camp.
Adams, who recently played in Germany's Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year after averaging 18 points per game to go along with four assists and four rebounds per game, according to Euro Basket.
Adams, who is second in points per game in UIndy history, said that while he may not be as well known as some of the other prospects, he will continue to fight until he reaches his goal.
"I'm just the underdog, and I've had that mindset my whole career," Adams said. "I want to make the roster, but if I don't make it this year, I'll keep trying until I get there."