Growing up in the inner city isn’t easy, but it does have its advantages when you have a goal and a dream.
Jalen Adams the Roxbury, Ma native was always prasied as the next one, as he started early in his playing career at the Roxbury YMCA No Books No Ball basketball league.
Jalen is a part of the Metco school program, a program that allows inner city students into the suburban schools outside of the city. Jalen attends Melrose High School where he starred for the Red Raiders. The 6-foot-1 Adams was the Middlesex League MVP after averaging 21 points per game. He led the Red Raiders to an 18-2 regular season record, before they fell to state runner-up Brighton in the Division 2 North semifinals.
Adams went into the AAU season with the same fire as he did during the high school season, things didn’t work out for Adams until mid way through the season when he joined the Mass Rivals.
Quickly inserted into the starting line up and things started to pay off for the do it all guard. This past July Jalen received his first scholarship offer from Providence College. The rising junior will look to take the Melrose Red Raiders to a state championship this up coming season.