The Big Life of “Tiny”

Morgan basketball legend Corin "Tiny" Adams makes great strides

Corin "Tiny" Adams (In blue uniform) takes it to the basket for a layup.

Corin “Tiny” Adams (blue uniform) takes it to the basket for a layup.

Corin Adams shoots. The ball sails through the air and swooshes through the basket. “Congratulations to Corin ‘Tiny” Adams for scoring her 2000th point,” the announcer shouts. “She now holds the record for most points on a basketball team, girls or boys, at Morgan State University.”  The crowd cheers.  The Morgan State girl’s team goes on to beat North Carolina A&T.

For the Brooklyn native, that was no ordinary Tuesday night–and the game-changing March 2, 2010 moment feels it happened yesterday. Adams now holds the record for highest points scored in Morgan State basketball history for both men’s and women’s basketball teams.  “Basketball is pretty much my life,” says Adams. “If I’m not watching or playing it, I’m coaching or reffing it.”

Every sports team works together to get the win, but sometimes one player stands out. Adams, a Morgan physical education major, was that kind of player. As a high school senior, she scored an offer from Syracuse, but turned it down to play on Morgan’s team. The hoopstar won’t deny that she’s played a part in Morgan’s basketball history for the Women’s basketball team, the Lady Bears. “It’s definitely a great honor. I just feel like, what good is it without getting my team and coach a championship ring and banner,” Adam says. “Not to brag but I also have the all-time assist and steals record on the girl’s side.”

After leaving Morgan, in 2010 Adams went to play in Puerto Rico on the team The Cabo Rojo Turista  from August to November. Adams averaged 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.0apg, and 2.4spg in her rookie season as a pro. Despite being the last team in the league the previous year, she managed to get her team to the final four series. Her team even went as far as knocking the defending champs out of the first round in a three game series. The year after she played in Portugal for Boa Viagem. From Sept. 2011 to March 2012 Adams played in Portugal. Halfway through the season her team participated in a cup tournament between the top 8 teams in the division. Before playing in that tournament, she got word that a fellow Morgan Hoop Alumni Vic Auja passed away.  Adams vowed to play her heart out for him. She led her team to their first championship in 17 years and was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP), but was injured on March 5, 2012.

Adams has learned to rise above her hardships and obstacles.  “Morgan taught me how to be tough, independent, get things done, and most importantly that I had to earn everything because there were no handouts,” says Adams. “My real challenge was adjusting and just getting into the professional basketball world.”

From Sept. 2011 to March 2012 Adams played in Portugal. She led her team to their first championship in 17 years and was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP), but was injured on March 5, 2012. Despite being the last team in the league the previous year, she managed to get her team to the final four series. Her team even went as far as knocking the defending champs out of the first round in a three-game series.

Adams averaged 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.0apg, and 2.4spg. “My biggest moment was winning that championship for my teammates, coaches, Portugal and my basketball angel, Vic,” says Adams. “I’ve been playing my whole career without an angel so it was definitely a great feeling and moment I’ll always cherish,” she added.

Adams now spends her time in her hometown, New York preparing for her next team and working on some things that she has planned for 2013.

“These next couple of months will be big for me,” says Adams.  “Can’t let the cat out of the bag with specifics but right now I’m substitute teaching, coaching at the Y, preparing to play on a national team in the summer, working as a rep for a company that runs camps, clinics and pro tryouts, and I’ve just signed an agreement to be the national spokesperson for a child obesity campaign for a well known non-profit,” she continues.

Right now, her plan is to play as long as she can.  In the future, Adams wants to play basketball in the WNBA or overseas. If that falls through, she will pursue a career in physical education, teaching grades K-12. Her other life goals are starting a family, continuing to help others get overseas and coming back to Morgan to coach. “It’s just a matter of when,” she says, “but I’m in no rush.”

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