The news broke the way these things do nowadays, with a picture posted on a social media website.

It was even more appropriate given who the news was about.

Anrio Adams, a shooting guard from Seattle by way of a one-year stop with the Kansas Jayhawks, announced via Twitter on Saturday night he was signing up to join the Ohio Bobcats.

Really. No, I'm not kidding.

Adams, per Rivals.com, was a four-star recruit, a top 100 (98th) player and the No. 22 ranked shooting guard prospect in the 2012 signing class after he finished up a stellar prep career at Rainier Beach — where he was named the Washington State Class 3A Player of the Year in 2012.

Blessed with broad shoulders, big hands, a long reach and tons of athleticism, Adams has loads of talent. In fact, The Seattle Times said area prep coaches ranked Adams "right up there with NBA guards Nate Robinson and Jamal Crawford, former stars at Rainier Beach."

Adams had a slew of offers after high school — including Arizona, Texas, UCLA, Washington and Oregon among others — but signed with Kansas.

Adams played in 24 games for the Jayhawks, who were bounced in the regional final round of this year's NCAA Tournament. He averaged just 3.5 minutes and 1.1 points per game as he fought for playing time on a depth chart that included Second Team All-American Ben McLemore and seniors Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford.

Adams gained notoriety at Kansas for two things: His complaints on Twitter about playing time, and his antics on the bench during Jayhawks games. Both of which irked some of the long-time Jayhawk faithful.

In April, Adams took to Twitter to announce he was tranfering from Kansas. Then he said he was coming back. Finally KU coach Bill Self confirmed Adams was leaving.

More Twitter speculation later that month indicated Adams was going to land at UNLV, and then he wasn't. And then he was going to seek out a junior college.

Finally on Saturday, Adams tweeted out of photo of himself which gave a pretty clear indication of where he was going to end up. Jeff Goodman, of ESPN, reported the announcement on Twitter around 8:30 p.m. Sources close to the Ohio men's basketball team confirmed Adams' decision to join the Bobcats.

Adams will sit out the 2013-14 season as per NCAA transfer guidelines. He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2014-15 campaign.

For Ohio, the signing could be a game-changer. At 6-3 and 190 pounds, Adams has the frame to add muscle and bulk. With the year off Adams will also have time to hone aspects of this game, such as ball-handling and shooting.

Adams will also have a kindred spirit on the roster. Point guard Javarez 'Bean' Willis was also a Rivals four-star recruit and top 100 (74th) player coming out of high school. After two years at Texas Tech, Willis transferred to Ohio last spring specifically to work with Ohio coach Jim Christian — whom he praised for his ability to develop players.

"He is a skill developer. You work with him, and you buy in, you will get better in a lot of different ways," Willis said.

Adams will fill the scholarship left empty after power forward Kadeem Green transferred from Ohio to Ryerson College, in Toronto, this spring. He joins the 2013 signing class, which includes junior college transfer Maurice Ndour, and true freshmen in Wadley Mompremier, Antonio Campbell, and D.J. Wingfield.

The 2013 class includes a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward, a center, and then a combo-forward in Ndour.

Ohio has one verbal comittment for the 2014 signing class in the form of forward Tariq Owens, out of Baltimore.

Adams has had some issues in his past. Besides relatively minor flareups at Kansas, Adams was once kicked off his high school team.

But the Bobcats have had success in recent years with some high-major Division I transfers. Armon Bassett (Indiana) played just one season — six months — with Ohio but helped the Bobcats to a surprising MAC Tournament championship and a win over Georgetown in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Walter Offutt (Ohio State/Wright State) just wrapped up a two-year in Athens where he was a driving force behind a MAC regular-season title, a MAC Tournament championship and the 'Cats run to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2012.

There have also been misses for Ohio with high-major transfers. The departed Green came to Athens after starting his college career with Missouri, and left quietly after failing to make an impact this season. Under former coach Tim O'Shea in the mid-2000s, Boston College transfer Johnnie Jackson also failed to deliver much in his brief run with the Bobcats.

With three years remaining, Adams is entering a different situation. He could spend four, and play three, years in the program. There's time for him to develop and improve.

The question, as it's often been with Adams, is has he matured enough to handle and take advantage of the opportunity?

Email at jarkley@athensmessenger.com; follow on Twitter @JasonAmessenger

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