UCLA basketball: Jordan Adams can turn around Bruins’ offense

UCLA's Jordan Adams, left, eyes the basket against Colorado's Wesley Gordon on Jan. 16.
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There is an easy fix to UCLA’s offensive woes: Jordan Adams.

The Bruins are in a shooting slump, during which they have split four games in Pac-12 play. Getting Adams back on track is the priority in Thursday night’s game against Stanford at Pauley Pavilion.

“We’ve got to help Jordan,” UCLA Coach Steve Alford said. “Jordan is a prolific scorer. He’s a great shooter. We’ve got to work the offense to get him better shots.”

Adams, a sophomore guard, averages 17.4 points to lead the Bruins. He shot 50% from the field during nonconference play and opened Pac-12 play with a 21-point performance against USC, where he made eight of 13 shots.


But Adams has shot 31% in the last four games, making four of 18 three-pointers in that time.

“Coach and I talk all the time,” Adams said. “I have to put this behind me. I go the extra mile, getting extra shots after practice. I just have to keep shooting. That’s pretty much it.”

Alford said Adams’ main problem is “he’s been in a little bit of a hurry.”

But Alford doesn’t want to slow him down too much.

“He’s as good at moving without the basketball as I’ve ever coached,” Alford said. “We’ve got to get him going again.”