One of the finest all-around athletes Akron has ever had, Alex Adams was a four-year letterman in football, basketball and track at Garfield High. He, along with Benny Averiette, in 1953 were the first black basketballers to play at The University of Akron. Adams became UA's all-time high scorer with 1,442 points. The 6-4 forward won the Mike Gregory Award as the Ohio Conference's Most Valuable Player in 1961 and was voted honorable mention on the United Press Little All-America squad. In his senior year Adams was the All-Ohio and Ohio Conference sprint champion and the NCAA Mideast Regional high jump champion.