For Pershing County senior Jacob Adams, the 2012-13 season was a chance to improve his inside game in a new setting.
For Mustangs coach Lance Condie, the season offered a chance to insert the 6-foot-7 Adams into an already strong, senior-led lineup.
For both parties, the season turned out to be one to remember. Led by Adams' dominance on the inside and his solid all-around game, the Mustangs reached the Division III state championship game.
Adams, who averaged a team-leading 13.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for Pershing County (26-7), is the 2012-13 RGJ All-North Division III Player of the Year.
"We weren't expected to go anywhere, and we ended up going all the way to the state championship game. We just came together as a team and clicked," said Adams, who attended school in the Seattle area before transferring to Pershing County. "It was a fun, fun season."
Adams' arrival in Lovelock gave Condie a versatile big man to add to an already experienced lineup, something the coach knows doesn't happen every day at a school with an enrollment hovering around less than 200.
"It's a nice surprise to get an unselfish player who can shoot and is a very good passer," Condie said. "Having a 6-7 kid who is very coachable? That's a coach's dream."
Playing the post was a first for Adams, who said he was more of a tall guard during his time in Washington.
Playing around the perimeter helped him sharpen areas of his game -- such as smooth outside shooting and crisp passing -- that many big men lack.
"I could hit on the inside and also play an outside game, so that was a big part of my success," Adams said. "And (Condie) did a great job in showing me all the potential I had at my position."
A final factor in Adams' success was the experience already on the Mustangs' roster. The newcomer wasn't also expected to be the team leader.
"I had three seniors already; they were the leaders," Condie said. "It worked out great; Jacob was able to just step right in and play. We felt fortunate to have him here."