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Marcus Adams Jr is Eligible to Play; When Will We See Him in Action?

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The NCAA made a ruling Friday — due to court rulings — that multiple-time undergrad transfers are all eligible to play the rest of the winter and spring season, which is the entire basketball season. Previously, undergrad players who had transferred multiple times needed a waiver from the NCAA to play.

This means that BYU hoops freshman Marcus Adams Jr is immediately eligible to play. Adams had previously been waiting for the NCAA’s waiver ruling.

When could we see Marcus on the court?

Marcus signed with BYU Labor Day weekend and had been unavailable to practice due to a lower leg injury. I’m not exactly sure if it was an ankle or foot issue. Marcus had not practiced this season before Wednesday’s game versus Denver, but sources tell me that Marcus has since practiced for the first time this season, suggesting that he is healthy enough to play.

Health isn’t the only concern here. BYU is #18 nationally and in the top 6 in both NET and KenPom largely due to their cohesion and familiarity. Most of BYU’s roster played together last season and they all travelled to Europe together this past summer. Marcus didn’t have the luxury of doing that and just barely begin practicing, so he needs to be integrated into BYU’s system to not disrupt on-court chemistry.

Marcus could be available and on the court as soon as Saturday night versus Georgia State, although coaches may elect to give him another week of practice and wait until next Friday’s game versus Bellarmine. I’m not sure what Mark Pope’s thought process is. Either way, Marcus is healthy enough physically to play and I expect we will see him available and in uniform this month. Getting some minutes under his belt before Big 12 play would be advantageous for him.

What should expectations be for Marcus?

Marcus was a huge signing for BYU. A member of the 2023 class, Adams was rated a consensus 4-star recruit and number 49 prospect in the country by 247 Sports. He had a final three of Kansas, UCLA, and Syracuse. Bill Self and Kansas wanted him in their program.

A 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds forward, Adams was initially a member of the 2024 recruiting class before re-classifying to 2023. Adams signed with Kansas back in April and enrolled at the school in June. Adams participated in practices for the Jayhawks before hitting the transfer portal in July. BYU was one of the schools involved then, but Adams signed with Gonzaga. Adams backed off that pledge and then committed to BYU in September.

A gifted scorer, Adams is a skilled wing that can also play the four spot due to his size. He is a knockdown shooter, can score off the dribble, and play above the rim. The Torrance, California product was one of the top prospects in LA. This past season, Marcus had one game with 11 made threes and another where he made 13. In the game he canned 11 triples, he had 50 points and 21 rebounds.

Marcus is no doubt talented, but realistically I don’t think he’ll have a huge impact this season — that’s no knock on his basketball skills. BYU is already playing well with its current rotation and could welcome back Dawson Baker and Fousseyni Traore soon. If everyone is healthy, that is 12 healthy scholarship players. Marcus has the least familiarity with the team and coaches, and he is coming back right as BYU is about to enter the meat grinder of Big 12 play. Few true freshman have an impact at the Big 12 level, so it’s a tall ask for Marcus to have more than an end-of-rotation like impact this season based on all the aforementioned factors.

If Marcus can be a guy that plays 8-10 minutes a night off the bench and really leans into that role as quick offense off the bench that can spark BYU’s offense when it needs a jolt, he would another weapon for an already potent bench that already includes Jaxson Robinson and Richie Saunders.

You can watch highlights of Marcus below.