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Kentucky Basketball: Don’t miss Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo

Mar 26, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All American forward Bam Adebayo (13) poses for photos on portrait day at the Marriott Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 26, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonalds All American forward Bam Adebayo (13) poses for photos on portrait day at the Marriott Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

Kentucky basketball’s Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo is likely to jump off your television screen.

We all have favorite teams and we follow them relentlessly. No matter the results, we continue to bleed their universal colors year round and our allegiances never waiver when it comes to our #Squad.

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But often for fans, their college basketball fandom starts and ends with their favorite university. There is so much basketball on at any given time that it could be overwhelming.

Well folks, I’m here to help with that.

For the rest of the off-season, I will contrive a list of players that are can’t miss, Vine-approved, text-your-buddies-in-all-caps, show stopping phenomenons.

Who is out first Person of Interest? Kentucky’s Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo.

Finding the right set of words in the English language to describe Adebayo’s game is tricky. Astonishing sounds too much like a Marvel rip off. Breathtaking is over used. Electric and sensational sounds like I’m doing my poor Dickie V impersonation. Mind-blowing is mind-blowingly poor. Savage is too “in”. Thrilling is too boring.

I spent (at least) 30 minutes trying to put together the perfect ensemble of words that would not only do Adebayo justice, but also convince you that he needs to be at the top of your “Dude’s to watch” list for 2016-17.

So, here goes: He’s an overpowering — yet divine — hydra, that is somehow both provocative and arousing all at once.

Not bad right?

Sure, it might sound a little “much”. But go ahead and click the play button the video below and you’ll see that it might not even be enough.

He’s got Dwight Howard’s body (and perhaps his goofy personality) and Dwight Freeney’s spin move (that he uses as some sort of weird Pokemon/Dragon Ball Z power-up move before he tries to assault the rim and whatever weak defender is under it).

He’s a wizard in the air, like some sort of artist that has masterfully crafted his above the rim technique from watching Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook hurl themselves at the rim while giving zero you know what’s.

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He’s an animal. He’s perfection. He’s a rim-rattling, back board shattering, weak-side blocking beast; hence the many-headed Hydra description.

I’ve watched a lot of hype videos in my day, but I’m not sure one has grasped the sheer explosion a recruit plays with quite as well as my guys over at Ball is Life did with this mixtape. I don’t know how many total games they cut this footage from, but it feels like it was every game and one game all at once.

The 6’9″ power forward is pure annihilation… and we’re still only talking about his prowess in the restricted area.

Adding to his power and athletic ability is some nice touch from around the elbow area, where he will surely go to work in John Calipari’s offense.

This leaves opposing defenders a choice. If they leave him open, he’s more than capable of knocking down that jumper. If they decide to put a slower big man in his chest, the freshman has the ability to blow by with a long and quick first step.

And when the latter happens, he’s at the rim doing this:

Defensively, he’s the ultimate “hard hat and lunchpail” kind of guy. He gets back on defense and almost seems to enjoy doing so. He’s a permanent threat to block a shot both in transition, one-on-one, or as the weakside help defender.

But what is going to ultimately make him most successful at the next level is his natural ability to hold his own against wing players in switch pick and roll situations.

You can leave ‘Bam’ on an island and he’s going to be fine.

On the slight chance that some pesky/speedy guard DOES get around him, well, I just hope that young buck watches his back side because you can bet that Adebayo isn’t stopping dead in his tracks. No, no, no sir. He’s coming from behind to try and double-hand swat that attempt into oblivion.

And it’s going to happen at some point this coming season.

So I ask you, my dearest basketball junkie, do you want to see all of this occur live, or on a retweeted Vine the next morning?

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Catch him now folks. He won’t be in his Kentucky blue for too long.