Edrice Femi Bam Adebayo is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Miami Heat in the NBA. He was drafted 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He transferred to High Point Christian Academy in High Point, North Carolina. Bam scored 22 points and 17 rebounds in his season debut. The center was named North Carolina Mr. Basketball in 2016 averaging 18.9 points, 13 rebounds and 1.4 block per game as a senior while leading the Cougars to a NCISAA state championship appearance. Adebayo was rated as a five-star recruit and considered one of the best high school prospects of the 2016 class and also was ranked as the No.5 overall recruit and No.2 power forward in the 2016 high school class.
Bam committed to University of Kentucky in 2015. He scored 16 points and 7 rebounds against the Valparaiso Crusaders and also dropped 22 points and 15 rebounds against the Missouri Tigers. As the number one seed heading into the SEC Tournament, Bam had 18 rebounds against the Northern Kentucky University.
Adebayo declared his eligibility for the NBA draft after their loss in the Elite Eight against the North Carolina Tar Heels while signing an agent couple of days later. The center averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in 38 games for the University of Kentucky.
After signing with the Miami Heat, Bam signed a rookie scale contract with the franchise and joined the team for the 2017 NBA Summer League. Averaging 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, he appeared in 69 games for the Heat and eventually lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.
His second season with Miami, Bam played all 82 games while averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game as the Heat finished 10th in the Eastern Conference.
By far having the best season of his career, Adebayo has been a force to be reckoned with so far this term. He is currently averaging 16 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game while shooting nearly 60% from the field. He recorded his first career triple-double over the Atlanta Hawks as he scored 30 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 11 assists. He was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the games played between December 9 to December 15. His remarkable season has merited him with his first All-Star selection.