LARAMIE — The Wyoming men’s basketball team’s game Tuesday against New Mexico was aired on AT&T SportsNet, and Saturday’s game at Fresno State will be on ESPNU, but Lou Adams is making a few extra TV appearances this week.
Tuesday, Adams recorded a block against the Lobos that led to a highlight-reel, high-flying transition dunk.
“I saw him on SportsCenter the other night,” said Adams’ father, Lou Adams Sr. “I’m sitting there watching TV. I didn’t even watch the game, because he had got hurt, so I thought he was still hurt. Then when I woke up, my friends told me they had seen him on SportsCenter.”
Saturday, Adams will be on FOX, in the broadcast premiere of “Shot in the Dark,” a documentary about Orr Academy in Chicago, where Adams went to high school and his father is head basketball coach. It airs at 2:30 p.m. Mountain Time.
“It’s a good documentary,” Adams Sr. said. “Just told the (story) of Chicago, the trials and tribulations that these kids go through. A lot of people don’t even know the direction these kids are actually coming from. So I was just trying to point them in another direction.”
The documentary is part of FOX’s new sports documentary series called Magnify. Chicago natives Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Chance the Rapper are executive producers of the film, which is directed by Dustin Nakao Haider. Adams is in a number of promotional photos for the film.
“We’ve been shooting it for like seven years,” Adams said. “So it’s been since my freshman year of high school. It’s been going for a while now.”
The first film in the series was “89 Blocks,” a documentary about a high school football team in East St. Louis, Illinois, for which LeBron James was an executive producer. Adams Sr. has attended a pair of premieres for “Shot in the Dark,” including one with Chance the Rapper. Adams hasn’t had any involvement with the film’s promotion because of potential NCAA issues.
Despite all the celebrity involvement, Adams was more eager for players like James who might have come from similarly challenging backgrounds to see what he went through in Chicago.
“Just where I’m from and how I grew up and the trials and tribulations of what I had to go through to get to where I’m at right now, I just wanted them to see,” Adams said. “It’s like a raw footage of everything that’s going on and what I went through.”
Like his father, Adams has seen the film. Part of the film centers around a teammate who was wounded by gunshot but returned to hit a key shot in a playoff game.
The violence experienced first-hand by Orr students is a key component of the film, something with which Adams has experience.
“Lou has a big heart,” Adams Sr. said. “There’s a lot of players, Lou lost a lot of guys to gun battles. But through it all, Lou’s been strong. So he’s doing pretty good.”
Adams, who attended Odessa (Texas) College before transferring to Wyoming in 2016, said the friends he lost have remained with him throughout his life and basketball career.
“They’re everything to me, because I feel like they sacrificed their life for me,” Adams said. “Every day, we were in the gym, and they weren’t just like my teammates, where I just knew them. They were actually like brothers, like my friends. It was a big motivation for me, just going back and seeing their mothers and just talking to their mothers and me just wanting to do better for myself and them.”
Adams is coming off perhaps the best performance of his Division I career, a 31-point night in the Cowboys’ loss to New Mexico. He had missed the previous two games with an ankle injury.
“I always told Lou, the only somebody that can stop Lou is Lou,” Adams Sr. said. “The kid can be pretty good, man. He has unbelievable athleticism. I knew he had it in him, and I’ve just seen him develop into a fine young ballplayer.”
Wednesday, Adams’ father will watch his first live Wyoming basketball game when the Cowboys host Air Force for Senior Night.
“It was a joy to watch,” Adams Sr. said of coaching his son in high school. “Coaching all this time, you develop him and think about what he comes from. ... Watching him from when he was born until now, it’s unbelievable.”