Bam Adebayo is the physical presence in the middle of the UK lineup. His given name is Edrice, but he goes by Bam. At 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, he is intimidating. Adebayo scored a career-high 25 points in the Cats 99-76 win at Ole Miss on December 29. The 25 points included six dunks. He picked UK over N.C. State, Auburn and Kansas.
Where does the Bam come from?
It just kind of clicked with the physicality of my body. Me and my mom were in New Jersey and we were sitting there watching TV and we were watching “The Flintstones” and I push over the coffee table, start being destructive and breaking stuff and instantly I was Bam.
How old were you?
Like 2, 3 or 4.
It was not Bamm-Bamm, just Bam?
It started as Bamm-Bamm and slowly we took off the extra Bamm.
Do you have Bamm-Bamm stuff ?
I used to eat gummies when I was in the eighth grade, but I don’t now.
You don’t have any Bamm-Bamm figures?
Can you see why players are intimidated by you?
I don’t see why they would be intimidated, because you know, I’m a nice guy. I don’t hurt anybody, you just see the drop of the face when you run out of the tunnel and you take off the warm-up shirt and all the body muscle show and their face goes blank. I don’t see why because after they talk to me, we laugh, we joke, they take an L and we move on.
Since Coach Cal has been at UK, there have been celebrities who embrace the program, like Drake for instance. What happens if Katy Perry is courtside for a game?
I would hope that that would be the best game that I would play of my college career.
How long has this obsession being going on?
It’s been awhile. Just a little bobbing to some Katy Perry, probably since ninth or 10th grade.
Do you have posters?
No, just the music.
Would that be a dream come true to meet her?
Yeah, then I’d start playing “TGIF” while we’re having a conversation, or they could play the song while we’re talking. VT