Kansas basketball forward KJ Adams spoke about the recent passing of his mother in an emotional postgame interview after the Jayhawks defeated UConn.
KJ Adams finished second on the Kansas basketball team with 18 points in last night’s win over No. 4 UConn. He also grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots. Although he connected on some clutch shots and sealed the game with a pair of free throws in the final seconds, the true highlight of his night was when he dedicated his performance to his late mother.
This postgame interview from KJ might bring tears to your eyes.
The 2022-23 Big 12 Most Improved Player of the Year, Adams has gone from averaging 1-point-per-game as a freshman to one of the most athletic forwards in the country. Unfortunately, his mother, Yvonne, had been fighting stage four metastatic bladder cancer since his first year in Lawrence and passed away days before the Jayhawks traveled to Honolulu for the Maui Invitational.
Yvonne was a star basketball player at Texas A&M and was his No. 1 supporter on the court. She attended all of the games she could to watch her son follow in her footsteps. Now, less than 24 hours away from his mother’s funeral, he plays the best game of his career and dedicates it all to her. Truly remarkable story.
Head coach Bill Self talked to the team after the win and spoke about KJ’s perseverance and unwavering dedication to the Kansas basketball program.
Things like this are what not only college basketball but sports as a whole are all about. KJ Adams is one of the strongest individuals out there and we are praying for him during these difficult times. We encourage everybody to donate what they can to the American Cancer Society to help combat this awful disease that affects so many people.