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Former rivals now teammates for Wyoming
Jan 9, 2013 - The Associated Press
Riley Grabau and Josh Adams used to play against each other. Now they play together- and both start - for the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.
The two guards are expected to start for the second time this season when the 25th-ranked and undefeated Cowboys (13-0) host Boise State (12-2) at 8 tonight in the Mountain West opener for both squads at the Arena-Auditorium.
Grabau and Adams both played high school basketball in Colorado. Grabau played at Boulder High and Adams at Chaparral High in Parker. They didn't play against each other in high school, but they did in summer club basketball.
"It was kind of a little bit of a rivalry," said Adams, who is a true freshman for the Cowboys. "We played in a lot of tournaments. We got a good feel of how each other plays from that.
"The rivalry turned into a friendship and bond up here. He's a great guy, and I love playing with him."
Grabau, a sophomore, started UW's first eight games before a knee injury limited him to single-digit minutes for two games and forced him to miss two others. While Grabau was out, Adams started. Then, senior guard Luke Martinez, UW's second-leading scorer at 14.5 points per game, was lost indefinitely with a fractured bone in his right hand from a fight in a Laramie bar on Dec. 30. Grabau took Martinez's place in the starting lineup.
In their first game as starters, Adams scored 11 points, and Grabau added nine points, four assists and only one turnover in UW's 59-56 win at SMU on Jan. 2. Adams logged 38 minutes and Grabau had 37, which were the most of any UW player in the game.
Both have played at the same time in other games this season, but now their roles are bigger as starters.
"We both bring stuff to the table the other doesn't have," Grabau said. "We are jelling a little bit. With Luke out, those are some big shoes to fill shooting-wise and with being a senior and a leader."
Grabau has brought steadiness and stability. In 11 games, he has 30 assists and just seven turnovers. Although just a freshman, Adams has given UW a shot of athleticism and energy, and has just 12 turnovers in 13 games.