On a night when UCLA scored 116 points and shot 66.9 percent from the field in its first exhibition game in China, Jordan Adams felt a little bit left out.
The typically sweet-shooting freshman misfired on 10 of his 14 shots on Saturday night, not exactly the sparkling performance he envisioned for his college debut.
Adams atoned for his off shooting night in a big way in UCLA's next exhibition game, scoring a game-high 20 points to propel the Bruins to a 72-31 rout over Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Monday night. The freshman from Lawrenceville, Ga., sank his first seven shots and finished 9 of 17 from the field.
Although Adams does not receive as much hype as decorated fellow freshmen Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson or Tony Parker, he too will need to make an immediate contribution for UCLA to be successful. Adams may already be the team's best shooter, an important skill for the Bruins since they need to be able to punish opposing defenses that collapse on Joshua Smith or the Wear twins in the paint.
In Monday's edition of the UCLA in China series, Adams reacts to his bounce-back game and looks ahead to Tuesday night's matchup with the Shanghai Sharks, a professional team that should give the Bruins a more competitive game. Adams begins, however, by describing UCLA's early-afternoon shopping trip to Shanghai's Yu Yuan Gardens.
Jordan Adams (@jordanadams1231):
This place was just crazy. There are millions of people living here in this city, even in this district. And it feels like you've got hundreds, if not thousands, of people selling stuff who just come up to you trying to make a deal. They'll sell you watches, caps, calendars, belts, all sorts of things. We'll play around with them and try and alter the prices or just mingle with them and talk to them. It's a different community, but it's fun.
I didn't expect for [Shanghai] to have as many places like McDonald's or Starbucks. And then to see some of the same foods on their menus that you have on your menus back home. I tried a double cheeseburger from McDonald's and it tasted pretty much the same. It was a little different, but not so much that I didn't like it. There's also a lot of regional type of food at these markets. There are a ton of different things on skewers. I didn't want to try that stuff — some of it looked like it might have been too alive for me to want to eat.
It felt great to knock down my first shot tonight, because in my last game I struggled, going 4 for 14. So, I wanted to get that out of my mind and prove myself again. I felt that I could keep going. Since I was hot, my teammates just kept trying to keep feeding me. We wanted to see where that went.
I recognize [the Chinese crowds sometimes cheer for UCLA], but I try not to feed into the crowd. One minute they'll cheer for you and the next minute they're cheering for the other team. It can be pretty funny. They love us and when they see our team, our players, they act starstruck. I actually was the first person to walk out on the court tonight, from our team, and they all started to clap and get really hyped.
Honestly, I think [Tuesday's game against the Shanghai Sharks] will be a tough game. We've had two games that weren't very close, so it will be good to have a tough game playing the hometown team in their arena with their fans. I'm definitely looking forward to it.
Previously in the UCLA in China series: